Tom Fordyce

Chief sports writer

Analysis and opinion from our chief sports writer

About Tom

Tom is the BBC's chief sports writer. ... Read more about Tom Fordyce

With cricket, rugby, athletics and tennis among the sports he covers, he provides insight and commentary into the characters, stories and big events that make the sporting world go round.

He has covered Olympic Games, World Championships, rugby World Cups and Ashes tours home and away, as well as the Ryder Cup and multiple Wimbledons.

Winner of Sports Blogger of the Year, he is an amateur sportsman of minimal note but was recently included in the UK Press Gazette's list of the top 50 UK sports journalists.

Chris Froome

Is Froome Britain's least loved great sportsman?

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Bearing in mind that it took 110 years for the first Briton to win a Tour de France, you'd expect the man who then wins four of the next five to be one of the most loved and admired sportsmen of this or any other era.

There is no fluking a yellow jersey. Three weeks of physical attrition, of relentless mental calculations and stress, of staying ahead of a shifting mass of rivals ganging up to unseat you, of managing egos and efforts within your own team, of high mountains and cruel cross-winds.

Joe Root

'All aboard the Root rollercoaster'

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Sunshine at Lord's, acres of blue sky overhead, optimism in the warm July air. It often starts this way for new England Test captains. Goodwill is everywhere. All seems possible.

And it invariably ends rather differently: red eyes and unshaven faces, lost series and forgotten form, broken teams and scuttled dreams. Like being prime minister, you go in fresh-faced and full of ideas and emerge looking twice as old and half as happy.

Chris Froome

Chris Froome: The secret world of climbing

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The first thing you notice when you shake Chris Froome's hand is how lean he is: big eyes, thin cheekbones, black t-shirt and shorts hanging off him as if they are two sizes too big.

We are in Monaco, with the Tour de France imminent. Not to gawp at the prominent bones in his arms and wrists, although you can't miss them, and not to make small-talk, although he is as polite as a maitre d' and will thank you for coming before you've had a chance to thank him for being there.

Ben Stokes

'This is no ordinary England side'

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England, said Australia captain Steve Smith in the build-up to this Champions Trophy instalment of a rivalry that predates mown pitches, are too predictable as a one-day side.

Perhaps he is right. They began their innings by losing two wickets in six balls, something England teams have been doing against Australia for decades. They continued it at the same unholy lick they have been careering along at for the past two years. They ended it with the result they have been banging out all tournament.

Farewell to White Hart Lane scarves

Saying goodbye to your old ground...

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You don't forget your first visit to your team's home stadium: how green the pitch looks, how big the stands seem, how tall everyone in front of you is. The noise, the suddenness of it. The speed of the football, the soft touch of the star names, the swearing.

And you don't forget your last, all those seasons of hope and frustration later, when your club upgrades to something altogether cleaner and smarter and more comfortable, and it is time to say goodbye to it all - cramped concourses, tight seating, reeking toilets and the cheap temporary fixes, all of it held together by old memories and faded promises, a shared past that binds you to friends and strangers alike.

Goldie Sayers

Sayers retires with 'sense of injustice'

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Retirement is supposed to signal a full-stop. The end of one life, the start of another. A sense of satisfaction, a sense of closure.

There should be no limbo. But for Goldie Sayers - the 11-time British javelin champion and three-time Olympian who announced the conclusion of her athletics career on Wednesday - the wondering and "what ifs" will follow her into the future.

Anthony Joshua

'Joshua jumps barriers into mainstream'

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So that was the night when a talented young sportsman supersized to become part of mainstream British culture.

Nothing will ever again be the same for Anthony Joshua, a prodigiously gifted boxer who in 11 rounds of twisting drama escaped not only the fists of Wladimir Klitschko and the dislocated senses that came from them but the tight boundaries of his chosen sport.