Tour de France

Froome wins 2nd Tour de France title

2015-07-26 19:45
Chris Froome (AP)

Paris - Chris Froome said he felt "incredible" after winning his second Tour de France title following Sunday's 21st and final stage to Paris.

Briton Froome, 30, crossed the line on the Champs Elysees arm-in-arm with his Sky teammates to clinch a second Grand Boucle crown following his 2013 success.

"This is such a great race, what can I say? I feel a lot of emotion," said Froome after a Tour in which he was doused with urine, spat at, insulted and accused of cheating.

"Of course it was a very, very difficult Tour, both on the bike and off it. I'm so happy to be here in yellow.

"There were a few difficulties, a few extra stresses outside of the race but that's cycling in 2015.

"I'm happy to be in this position to speak for cycling today."

Germany's Andre Greipel won the stage, his fourth this year and 10th in total, ahead of Frenchman Bryan Coquard and Alexander Kristoff of Norway.

Colombian Nairo Quintana finished second overall with his Spanish Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde taking third, his best finish at the Tour at the age of 35.

"I'm not disappointed at all, I've confirmed my ability and my status within the team," said Quintana.

"I'm only 25 so I have many more opportunities to try to win the Tour.

"(Froome) is a great rival, he suffered a lot for his victory and was very strong -- he deserves it."

Rain had rendered the cobbles at the finish on the Champs Elysees dangerous so organisers neutralised the race from the moment it reached Paris.

It meant the official timing was stopped just after riders passed the finishing line for the first time ahead of 10 laps of the famous Parisian avenue.

It allowed Froome and his teammates - wearing a black kit with the traditional blue stripe replaced by a yellow one in hommage to their leader's feat - to finish in a straight line, arm-in-arm, over a minute after the stage winner.

Having already won the Tour in 2013, finishing in the same way but then because his lead to Quintana - second that time as well - was sufficiently large to allow him to do so, Froome became the first Briton to win the Grand Boucle for a second time.

Quintana finished at 1min 12sec overall with Valverde third over five minutes back.

Last year's winner Vincenzo Nibali finished fourth overall, ahead of two-time former champion Alberto Contador.

But on the final stage, a 109.5km run from the Parisian suburb of Sevres, Greipel emphasised his sprint superiority at this Tour.

The 33-year-old had already won the second, fifth and 15th stages in sprint finishes.

It made it Greipel's best ever Tour, eclipsing the three stages he won in 2012.

"I'm looking forward to a rest now," said the Lotto-Soudal rider.

"This Tour de France has been amazing for Lotto-Soudal, in five bunch sprints we won four of them.

"We can be really proud of this Tour de France, next year is another Tour de France but now I'm really happy and delighted with everything that happened in these last three weeks."

It continued German sprint dominance at the Tour as between Greipel's two outstanding seasons, compatriot Marcel Kittel was the top fast-man winning four stages in both 2013 and 2014.

Greipel's expected rivals Mark Cavendish and Peter Sagan could only manage sixth and seventh respectively on Sunday.

Sagan did win the sprinter's green points jersey, though, for the fourth year in a row, despite not managing to win a stage for the second successive year.

Froome finished as king of the mountains - only the sixth rider to finish in yellow and the polkadot jersey - and Quintana, 25, was the best young rider as his Movistar outfit won the team competition.

Results of the 21st and final stage of the Tour de France, a 109.5km ride from Svres to Paris, on Sunday:

1. Andre Greipel (GER/LOT) 2hr 49min 41sec

2. Bryan Coquard (FRA/EUC) same time

3. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) s.t.

4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/MTN)

5. Arnaud Dmare (FRA/FDJ)

6. Mark Cavendish (GBR/ETI)

7. Peter Sagan (SVK/TIN)

8. John Degenkolb (GER/GIA)

9. Michael Matthews (AUS/ORI)

10. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU/CAN)

11. Matteo Trentin (ITA/ETI)

12. Christophe Laporte (FRA/COF)

13. Geoffrey Soupe (FRA/COF)

14. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL/LNL)

15. Jarlinson Pantano (COL/IAM)

16. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/MTN)

17. Anthony Delaplace (FRA/BSE)

18. Jan Brta (CZE/BOA)

19. Davide Cimolai (ITA/LAM)

20. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA/KAT)

21. Paul Voss (GER/BOA)

22. Gregory Rast (SUI/TRE)

23. Matthias Brandle (AUT/IAM)

24. Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA/ALM)

25. Marcel Wyss (SUI/IAM)

26. Kristjan Koren (SLO/CAN)

27. Reto Hollenstein (SUI/IAM)

28. Nlson Oliveira (POR/LAM)

29. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/AST)

30. Filippo Pozzato (ITA/LAM)

31. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST)

32. Markel Irizar (ESP/TRE)

33. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC)

34. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/IAM)

35. Michal Golas (POL/ETI)

36. Robert Gesink (NED/LNL)

37. Pierre-Luc Perichon (FRA/BSE)

38. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/LNL)

39. Simon Yates (GBR/ORI)

40. Paul Martens (GER/LNL)

41. Armindo Fonseca (FRA/BSE)

42. Julien Simon (FRA/COF)

43. Matteo Tosatto (ITA/TIN)

44. Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/MTN)

45. Michael Schr (SUI/BMC)

46. Jos van Emden (NED/LNL)

47. Julien Vermote (BEL/ETI)

48. Martin Elmiger (SUI/IAM)

49. Alexandre Geniez (FRA/FDJ)

50. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/TRE)

51. Luis ngel Mat (ESP/COF)

52. Tylan van Baarle (NED/CAN)

53. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV)

54. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA/BSE)

55. Jens Debusschere (BEL/LOT)

56. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST)

57. Daniel Oss (ITA/BMC)

58. Zdenek Stybar (CZE/ETI)

59. Mathias Frank (SUI/IAM)

60. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/TIN)

61. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM)

62. Mickal Cherel (FRA/ALM)

63. Koen de Kort (NED/GIA)

64. Roy Curvers (NED/GIA)

65. Yohann Gene (FRA/EUC)

66. Jeremy Roy (FRA/FDJ)

67. Brice Feillu (FRA/BSE)

68. Marco Haller (AUT/KAT)

69. Jan Bakelants (BEL/ALM)

70. Benot Vaugrenard (FRA/FDJ)

71. Warren Barguil (FRA/GIA)

72. Sebastien Chavanel (FRA/FDJ)

73. Wilco Kelderman (NED/LNL)

74. Marcel Sieberg (GER/LOT)

75. Albert Timmer (NED/GIA)

76. Merhawi Kudus (ERI/MTN)

77. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF)

78. Florian Snchal (FRA/COF)

79. Cyril Gautier (FRA/EUC)

80. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC)

81. Angelo Tulik (FRA/EUC)

82. Bryan Naulleau (FRA/EUC)

83. Perrig Quemeneur (FRA/EUC)

84. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ)

85. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST)

86. Jos Mendes (POR/BOA)

87. Andrew Talansky (USA/CAN)

88. Daniel Martin (IRL/CAN)

89. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT)

90. Bartosz Huzarski (POL/BOA)

91. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN)

92. Rafal Majka (POL/TIN)

93. Alberto Losada (ESP/KAT)

94. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV)

95. Kristijan Durasek (CRO/LAM)

96. Bram Tankink (NED/LNL)

97. Rafael Valls (ESP/LAM)

98. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT)

99. Jos Serpa Perez (COL/LAM)

100. Rubn Plaza (ESP/LAM)

101. Frdric Brun (FRA/BSE)

102. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF)

103. Tiago Machado (POR/KAT)

104. Danilo Wyss (SWI/BMC)

105. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE)

106. Bob Jungels (LUX/TRE)

107. Tyler Farrar (USA/MTN)

108. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/BMC)

109. Stephen Cummings (GBR/MTN)

110. Manuel Quinziato (ITA/BMC)

111. Dmitriy Gruzdev (KAZ/AST)

112. Lars Ytting Bak (DEN/LOT)

113. Daniel Teklehaymanot (ERI/MTN)

114. Stef Clement (NED/IAM)

115. Serge Pauwels (BEL/MTN)

116. Rigoberto Uran (COL/ETI)

117. Romain Sicard (FRA/EUC)

118. Georg Preidler (AUT/GIA)

119. Adam Hansen (AUS/LOT)

120. Tim Wellens (BEL/LOT)

121. Tom Leezer (NED/LNL)

122. Adam Yates (GBR/ORI)

123. Arnaud Gerard (FRA/BSE)

124. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA/FDJ)

125. Damien Gaudin (FRA/ALM)

126. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOA)

127. Svein Tuft (CAN/ORI)

128. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/CAN)

129. Lieuwe Westra (NED/AST)

130. Julian Arredondo (COL/TRE)

131. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM)

132. Leopold Knig (CZE/SKY)

133. Luke Rowe (GBR/SKY)

134. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY)

135. Wout Poels (NED/SKY)

136. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY)

137. Ian Stannard (GBR/SKY)

138. Nicolas Roche (IRL/SKY)

139. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY)

140. Laurens ten Dam (NED/LNL)

141. Winner Anacona (COL/MOV)

142. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV)

143. Adriano Malori (ITA/MOV)

144. Jos Herrada (ESP/MOV)

145. Simon Geschke (GER/GIA)

146. Stijn Devolder (BEL/TRE)

147. Florian Vachon (FRA/BSE) all same time

148. Pieter Weening (NED/ORI) 0:21.

149. Kenneth Vanbilsen (BEL/COF) s.t.

150. Michele Scarponi (ITA/AST) s.t.

151. Rohan Dennis (AUS/BMC) s.t.

152. Michael Rogers (AUS/TIN) s.t.

153. Luke Durbridge (AUS/ORI) s.t.

154. Thomas Voeckler (FRA/EUC) s.t.

155. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) s.t.

156. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/MOV) s.t.

157. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/LOT) s.t.

158. Tony Gallopin (FRA/LOT) s.t..

159. Gorka Izagirre (ESP/MOV) s.t.

160. Matteo Bono (ITA/LAM) s.t.

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