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

'From accountant to cold-eyed winner'

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There was a time, as recently as the start of July, when many in cycling wondered whether Chris Froome might not be what he was: not a single win all year, fewer days racing going in to the Tour de France than ever before, his rivals, many younger and in punchier form, lining up on his wheel.

Three months on, having bagged his fourth Tour and become the first Briton in history to win the Vuelta a Espana, they have been proved right. Froome is not the rider he was. He is a superior one.

Bolt and Hero

Why athletics is still worth fighting for

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So this was a disappointing World Championships. Justin Gatlin beat Usain Bolt. Seven days later, cramp beat Bolt again. Wayde van Niekerk couldn't win his 200m/400m double. Isaac Makwala couldn't even start both.

Mo Farah, after 10 global golds on the bounce, finished with silver. Britain went fourth rather than conquered. Only one new championship record was set. On most days it was grey and on several nights it was as cold and wet as autumn.

Mo Farah

'No golden goodbye but Farah remains a source of wonder'

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And so that is it for Mo Farah in championship track finals: seven years of wonder, 10 global golds in a row and a silver to finish, dancing under the lights from Korea to Rio, Moscow to Beijing, to London and then back again.

It began with innocence and it ended with a sold-out stadium of his compatriots roaring his name. Along the way he has been both a constant and an agent of change - a guaranteed gold until the very end, a lonely long distance runner every kid and granny in the country knows; a draw big enough to have pubs show his finals on big screens, the face of an open, forward-facing nation in an fractured, introspective time.

Usain Bolt and Justin Gatlin after the 100m final at London 2017

'Imperfect end does not diminish Bolt'

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And so a perfect career ends in an imperfect way.

Usain Bolt's defeat by Justin Gatlin in the last individual 100m he will ever run proved several things: that sport has less time for happy endings than scripted dramas; that time catches up even with someone who has made it his business escaping it; and that even the biggest party can be pooped if you let the wrong characters in.

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.