Team Sky’s Chris Froome finished safely in Paris on Sunday to become Britain’s second consecutive Tour de France champion.
A day after successfully overcoming the last major hurdle of the race at Annecy-Semnoz, the Olympic time-trial bronze medallist held on to finish a few seconds behind stage winner Marcel Kittel and follow in the footsteps of Bradley Wiggins.
Second in the 2011 Vuelta a España and the runner-up in the 2012 Tour, Froome, who first took the yellow jersey on Stage 8 in the Pyrenees, rode into Paris in style, enjoying the reward of three excruciating weeks of racing through the country’s difficult terrains.
Germany’s Marcel Kittel timed his sprint perfectly along the cobbles of the Champs-Élysées to edge out Andre Greipel and deny third-placed Mark Cavendish his fifth consecutive victory in the final stage.
Joining Froome on the podium were Nairo Quintana after the 23 year old Colombian wrapped up victory in both the best young rider and mountains classifications and Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez who finished 5 minutes and 4 seconds adrift.
Of the 198 riders who kick-started the 100th edition on the French island of Corsica on June 29, 169 completed the 134km ride from Versailles to Paris, falling one finisher short of the Tour’s record achieved in 2010.