Tour De France 2016… All hail king Froomey!

Chris Froome became Britain’s first three-time winner of the Tour de France when he crossed the finish line in Paris on Sunday.

The Team Sky rider, who won the 2013 and 2015 races, finished arm-in-arm with his team-mates behind the peloton

Froome beat Frenchman Romain Bardet by four minutes and five seconds with Colombia’s Nairo Quintana in third and Britain’s Adam Yates fourth.

The British rider becomes just the eighth rider to win at least three Tours de France, joining Belgium’s Phillipe Thys, Louison Bobet of France and American Greg LeMond on three.

The final stage to Paris began in Chantilly, in northern France, with the winners of the four main jerseys leading the peloton. Froome, in the yellow jersey, was joined by Yates in the white jersey as best young rider, Slovakia’s Peter Sagan in the green points jersey and Poland’s Rafal Majka in the polka dot king of the mountains jersey.

When the riders reached Paris the pace was increased for nine 6.8km laps of the city centre, a breakaway formed with 8 riders putting more and more pressure on the sprinter’s teams lead outs.

Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won the final stage on the Champs Elysees ahead of Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) and Alexender Kristoff (Katusha). The German sprinter came around his main rivals inside the final 100 meters to win his first stage this year and recreate his win from Paris twelve months earlier.

Greipel and his sprint team struggled throughout this year’s Tour with a number of factors hampering them during the race, but on the biggest stage of all for the elite sprinters the Belgian team and their sprinter hit the jackpot.


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