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Froome wins Tour de France

Team Sky leader links arms with team-mates to cross Paris finishing line together

BRITON Chris Froome won the 100th Tour de France race by more than four minutes and won the race in style – crossing the finishing line on the Champs-Elysees after linking arms with his Team Sky team-mates.

It was a second successive victory for Team Sky and Britain, with Bradley Wiggins winning the 2012 race.

German Marcel Kittel won the final sprint to the finishing line in Paris, just a wheel’s width in front of Manxman Mark Cavendish who finished third behind Andre Greipel (Germany). Cavendish has won the past four final sprints.

Froome, who has both British and Kenyan nationality, is the first Tour de France winner born in Africa and took the yellow jersey home ahead of Colombian Nairo Quintana and Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez.

In his winner’s speech, Froome said that he wanted to thank the rest of Team Sky, “who have buried themselves day in day out throughout this Tour to keep this yellow jersey on my shoulders.”

He added that he was glad he had had to face the questions of drugs in racing – but added that cycling had changed: "This is one yellow jersey that will stand the test of time."
Photo: @TeamSky-Twitter

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