Chris Froome seals third Tour de France victory on Champs-Élysées

Chris Froome became Britain’s first three-time winner of the Tour de France when he reached the finish line of the 21-stage race in Paris on Sunday.

The Team Sky rider, who won the 2013 and 2015 races, 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 (Lotto Soudal) won the final sprint finish.

As usual, all the action happened in the final 8 laps of the famous circuit in Paris. After the traditional ceremonial part, things got serious with 70km to go where Sky took control. Luke Rowe, Vasil Kiryienka, Ian Stannard, Mikel Landa, Geraint Thomas, Wout Poels, Mikel Nieve and Sergio Henao traded pulls on the front and gradually increased the pace while Ag2r, Movistar and the sprint teams gathered further back. André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) suffered a puncture but soon returned to the group.

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) was allowed to say goodbye to the Tour in the most beautiful way as he attacked and built a 15-second advantage before he crossed the line with an arm in the air. He soon fell back to the peloton where Sky continued to ride on the front until the attacking start with a little more than 50km to go.

Marcel Kittel had already lost Martin when disaster struck again. The German suffered a puncture and after a very slow wheel change and another bike change, he found himself on his own one minute behind the peloton. He positioned himself right behind his car which dragged him back to the peloton.

With 8km to go, IAM hit the front with Reto Hollenstein and they gathered six riders on the front as they approached the penultimate passage of the line. However, disaster struck for Swiss team as Sondre Holst Enger punctured while riding in sixth position.

With 5km to go, Daryl Impey came to the fore again while a crash for Hollenstein further back split the peloton. The front end of the group didn’t slow down as it became a big battle between Cannondale, Trek, Cofidis and Orica-Bike Exchange and it was Gregory Rast who came out on top for Trek.

With 1800m to go, Lotto Soudal launched their train with Greg Henderson, Adam Hansen, Tony Gallopin, Marcel Sieberg and André Greipel. The Kiwi set the pace as they exited the tunnel and then Hansen took over.

Kittel had now disappeared completely as Lotto Soudal remained in control, with Gallopin leading under the flamme rouge. Then Sieberg took over but he had lost Greipel who was now further back behind the Katusha pair of Jacopo Guarnieri and Alexander Kristoff.

A Cannondale rider took a short turn but Guarnieri, Kristoff, Greipel and Peter Sagan were the first riders through the final turn. The Italian gave Kristoff the perfect lead-out and the Norwegian could start his sprint from the perfect position. However, Greipel easily came around and then held off a fast-finishing Sagan to make it two in a row in Paris, with Kristoff having to settle for third.

Sagan had to settle for second but he could still step onto the podium to celebrate his fifth points jersey and the prize as the most combative rider. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) was the best climber and Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) the best young rider. Movistar won the teams classification for the second year in a row.

Tour de France 2016 – stage 21 results (Chantilly – Paris):

1 André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)  2:43:08
2 Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)


3 Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)


4 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)


5 Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange)


6 Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)


7 Ramunas Navardauskas (Cannondale-Drapac)


8 Christophe Laporte (Cofidis)


9 Sam Bennett (Bora-Argon 18)


10 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (Dimension Data)



Final general classification:

1 Christopher Froome (Sky) 89:06:01
2 Romain Bardet (AG2R)


3 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


4 Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange)


5 Richie Porte (BMC)


6 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


7 Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha)


8 Louis Meintjes (Lampre – Merida)


9 Daniel Martin (Etixx – Quick-Step)


10 Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff)


11 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


12 Sergio Henao (Sky)


13 Fabio Aru (Astana)


14 Sébastien Reichenbach (FDJ)


15 Geraint Thomas (Sky)


16 Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac)


17 Mikel Nieve (Sky)


18 Stef Clement (IAM)


19 Jarlinson Pantano (IAM)


20 Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R)


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