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25

Jul
2016

Froome Takes the Tour

Author : BreatheMag Editors

With a cumulative time of 89 hours, six minutes and 48 seconds over 21 lung-busting and quad-splitting stages, Team Sky's Chris Froome (GB) took his third victory at the Tour de France, in four years.

The 31-year-old beat Romain Bardet of France by only four minutes and five seconds. In third was Colombia's Nairo Quintana.

Froome's tour win means that a British man and Team Sky rider have now won four out of the last five Tours. A huge show of force for the Britons, considering Bradley Wiggins' 2012 victory was the first by a Briton since the event began in 1903. Add to that, Britain's Adam Yates, who took fourth place this year along with the white jersey for best young rider.

Froome began his ascent to the top of the 2016 podium, after he took hold of the yellow jersey on stage eight. He held the Jersey from then on, and obliterated the stage 18 mountain time trial from Sallanches to Megève, 21 seconds faster than climbing specialist Tom Dumoulin.

Froome, who was competing in his first Tour de France since becoming a father, dedicated the win to his son, Kellan, and spoke a few words about France and sport.

"My thoughts go again to those who lost their lives in the tragedy in Nice. The values of sport are so important to a free society. We all love the Tour de France. We love the Tour because it's unpredictable. But we love the more for what stays the same: the passion of the fans from every nation along the road side, the beauty of the French countryside and the bonds of friendship created through a true sport. These things will never change. Just one more thing: merci pour votre gentillesse pendant ces difficiles semaines. Vive le Tour et vive la France!"

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