Kenyan British cyclist Chris Froome wins his 3rd Tour de France

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Chris Froome competing in 2014's Critérium du Dauphiné - Etape 6. Photo: Ludovic Peron (used under the Creative Commons licence)

Kenyan born cyclist Chris Froome has become Britain’s first three-time winner of the Tour de France today (24 July) after crossing the finish line of the 21-stage race in Paris.

Having won the 2013 and 2015 races, The Team Sky rider is the first man to defend his title in more than 20 years.

He finished arm-in-arm with his team-mates behind the peloton after Andre Greipel won the final sprint finish.

Froome’s three victories in four years follows Sir Bradley Wiggins triumph in 2012 when he become the first Briton to win the race.

He ended up beating Romain Bardet of France by more than three minutes with Colombia’s Nairo Quintana in third and Britain’s Adam Yates fourth.

“It would be my dream to keep coming back for the next five or six years and give myself the best opportunity of winning again,” said Froome after finishing stage 20.

“I can’t say the novelty is wearing off. It’s such an incredible event and to be in the yellow jersey is every cyclist’s dream and the biggest honour in our sport.

“I hope I can be back next year to fight for it again.” – Chris Froome

Froome becomes just the eighth rider to win at least three Tours de France, along with Belgium’s Phillipe Thys, French cyclist Louison Bobet and American Greg LeMond on three.


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