To no one's surprise, Chris Froome of Sky Procycling won the 100th edition of the Tour de France after dominating his competitors throughout the 21-stage epic trek.
He crossed the finish line arm in arm with his teammates and claimed a second consecutive victory for Team Sky after Bradley Wiggins won the event last year, as noted by BBC Breaking News and Team Sky:
Colombian rider Nairo Alexander finished in second place, followed by Joaquim Rodriguez in third place.
Overall Standings (courtesy of NBC Sports)
|2||Nairo Alexander QUINTANA ROJAS||84:01:00||00:04:20||MOV|
|3||Joaquim RODRIGUEZ OLIVER||84:01:44||00:05:04||KAT|
Full results and standings at NBC Sports.
Best Moments from 100th Tour de France
Froome Claims Yellow Jersey in Stage 8
One of the heavy favorites to win the race this year, Froome surprised many of his fellow competitors when he made an early move by claiming the yellow jersey in Stage 8, as reported by Jon Brand of the New York Times:
When he mounted an attack on the final climb of Stage 8 on Saturday, a move that gave him a commanding lead in the Tour de France, many of Christopher Froome’s rivals were caught by surprise. It was too early in the three-week race, they thought, to take the yellow jersey.
Two weeks later, we can plainly see Froome had the stamina and strategy to hold the yellow jersey through until the finish line. That said, Froome had plenty of doubters when he made the move.
From that point on, the Britain cyclist pushed the pace, distancing himself from his peers in a performance for the ages.
Even after losing nearly a minute off his overall lead in the final stage, Froome won the race by four minutes, 20 seconds.
Final-Stage Pleasure Cruise
Having established a 5:03 lead over the field through 20 stages, Froome was able to revel in his victory throughout the final stage.
The only thing the eventual winner needed to guard against was a freak accident, which is likely one of the reasons he stuck with his teammates throughout the trek from Versailles to Paris Champs-Elysees.
Having built up such a massive lead throughout the first 20 stages, Froome lost some of his overall lead as he coasted through the final stage on his way to Paris. At one point, he sipped champagne for the cameras, as noted by the Inner Ring:
And to cap it all off, when he arrived in Paris, 350,000 fans lined the streets to greet him and help celebrate his victory, as noted by BBC Sport:
Given the amount of hell every cyclist goes through during this grueling race, it must feel pretty good to be greeted by such an immense crowd. He ended the race with his teammates, as shown by Paddy Power:
Geraint Thomas Finishes Race with Fractured Pelvis
While Froome gets all the glory with his victory, one of his teammates deserves just as much credit.
Thomas broke his pelvis during the huge pileup in Stage 1, yet he refused to give up, finishing the race with his teammates on Sunday.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Thomas suffered through a broken pelvis for more than 20 stages of one of the world's most intense cycling races.
The Sky Procycling superhuman received some well-deserved respect and support via Twitter by none other than British actor Stephen Fry:
After crossing the finish line, exhaustion settled in on Thomas, as shown by ProCycling WorldTour:
Even if you're not a huge fan of professional cycling, you have to admire this man's willpower, courage and stamina. What he accomplished these past weeks cannot be overvalued or overstated.
He was simply amazing.
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