Covering a total of 3,404 kilometres, Chris Froome emerges as the winner of the Tour de France centennial race.
The Kenya-born Briton edged out fellow cyclists Nairo Quintana of Colombia and Joaquim Rodriquez of Spain.His win has given Britain its second successive victory in the race.
Last year’s winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins did not participate this year after a slew of injury problems. Froome’s current teammate, Geraint Thomas, finished the 100th edition of the race with a fractured pelvis. All seven Team Sky riders crossed the finish line arm-in-arm.
Froome says in an interview, “Crossing the line with [the] guys brought tears to my eyes. I expected it to be big but this is something else.”
“Dave [Team Sky manager Sir Dave Brailsford] has been talking about the future of cycling – the youngsters coming through and the way the sport is moving. I look at the last decade and the way the sport is going – we’ve got something to be proud of,” he adds.
This was the first tour since the spark of the doping controversy of Lance Armstrong. Froome was barraged with questions about drugs in the sports.
“I’m glad I’ve had to face those questions – after all the revelations of the last year. I’m glad that’s been channelled towards me… I’ve been able to deal with it. Cycling has changed – the peloton is standing together.”