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Andre Greipel wins final stage as Chris Froome completes 3rd Tour de France victory


07-25-2016 13:09 BJT

In the final stage of the Tour de France, defending champion Chris Froome and his Team Sky co-riders were in party mood on the 113-kilometer route from Chantilly to Paris. The British racer had sealed his third victory in cycling’s most prestigious race in the penultimate stage, which elevates Froome to a level occupied by some of the biggest names in the history of the sport.

It was festive from the start as the 31-year-old Froome and his teammates enjoyed bottles of beer before the traditional glass of champagne is served, which saw Froome toasting the crowd in appreciation.

In what is usually a relaxed ride into the Champs Elysees, Marcel Kittel provided some drama when a problem with his bike meant the Etixx Quick step rider fell back after leading the peloton early on.

The final stretch comes down to a sprint between Andre Greipel and Peter Sagan, who lost this battle but still win the green jersey for best sprinter, while Greipel took the stage.

But the day was all about the Kenyan-born rider Froome, as he crossed the line arm in arm with the rest of Team Sky.

Froome is the first man to defend the title since Miguel Indurain in 1995 as Lance Armstrong was stripped of his results.

Froome won with a time of 89 hours, 4 minutes, and 48 seconds to collect the half a million Euros in prize money. Four minutes and 5 seconds behind him was France’s Romain Bardet, with Nairo Quintana of Columbia in third. Young British rider Adam Yates deserves a lot of credit for finishing fourth in his maiden, while Richie Porte of Australia completes the top five.

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