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Chris Froome wins 2013 Tour de France

Chris Froome has finally achieved his dream of winning the Tour de France after he finished runner-up last year, marginally losing out to Sir Bradley Wiggins, who was the first Briton to win the Tour de France. This victory makes Chris Froome the second Briton to win the Tour de France and he did it in style completely dominating the whole race from start to finish giving his competitors no chance of finishing ahead of him. Despite a crash before Stage 1 even officially began, Froome won three stages in this year’s Tour to ride his way to a 4 minutes 20 seconds overall triumph.

Chris Froome first took the lead and first wore the yellow jacket when he won the 8th stage of the Tour and since then, has not taken it off wearing it for a total of 13 days, out of the 21 day race. Froome had ridden 3,404 kilometres and was on his bike for 83hrs 56min 20sec during the 3 week long race. The Briton was fined once for illegal food taking which meant he got docked 20 seconds from his time and actually fined a total of £140 during stage 18. His overall victory meant he received prize money of £380,000, which is normally split between him and his team-mates.

Chris Froome becomes second Briton to win the Tour de France

When the sport’s name was tainted by the news of Lance Armstrong doping in order to win his 7 Tour de France’s, Chris Froome has been questioned about it plenty of times. In this Tour de France, he had to take a total of 19 doping Tests to make sure that he wasn’t cheating. When questioned about drugs in the sport, Chris Froome commented, “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.”

Fellow Briton, Mark Cavendish, was looking for his 26th career stage victory as he headed into the final stage of the race, but unfortunately he was beaten to the finish line losing the final stage to German’s Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel. The overall third place, Joaquim Rodriguez celebrated his success by sharing out his cigars with fellow podiums claimers, Nairo Quintana and Chris Froome. It was all yellow for Froome as he sipped champagne on a yellow bike, in a yellow jersey, wearing yellow tinted glasses, next to his Team Sky’s yellow car, it was his perfect day.

After the race, Chris Froome commented, “Crossing the line with the guys brought tears to my eyes. I expected it to be big but this is something else. Sir Dave Brailsford (Team Sky manager) 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 sport is going – we’ve got something to be proud of.”

Overall Final Standings:
1. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky 83 hours, 56 minutes, and 40 seconds
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar +4:20
3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha +5:04
4. Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff +6:27
5. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff +7:27

Author Daniel Foster.
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