Tour de France 2017: Chris Froome Wins 4th Title After Chaotic Stage 21 Sprint

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2017

Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, center, rides on the Champs Elysees avenue during the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 103 kilometers (64 miles) with start in Montgeron and finish in Paris, France, Sunday, July 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Thibault Camus/Associated Press

Team Sky's Chris Froome won the 2017 Tour de France on Sunday in Paris, his fourth overall title.

The Brit was never troubled during the final stage, which predictably ended in a bunch sprint on the Champs-Elysees. Team LottoNL-Jumbo's Dylan Groenewegen won the final stage.

Here's a look at Sunday's stage results, per CyclingHub:

The final general classification:

According to John MacLeary of the Telegraph, Froome will go home with roughly €500,000 of the €2,280,950 total prize fund based on last year's numbers.

  

Recap

The final stage in Paris has led to a bunch sprint on the Champs-Elysees for more than a decade, and fans and pundits alike didn't expect anything different Sunday.

Starting in the neutral zone, the four classification winners were given every opportunity to pose for the media before the stage really started. CyclingHub shared this image of the foursome:

The obligatory Team Sky champagne video also followed, per the Tour's official Twitter account:

Ahead of the local circuit, the pace remained slow, with the riders waiting for the famous cobbled streets before kicking on. Froome even had time to change bikes as he started on a special one that had a camera mounted to it.

Sky led the peloton onto the iconic Champs-Elysees, but as soon as the riders emerged from the tunnel, the attacks began. Daryl Impey found a gap, and Sylvain Chavanel, Nils Politt and Julian Vermote joined him soon after.

The rain arrived on schedule, making things a lot more interesting as the poor condition of the cobbles on the Champs-Elysees was made much worse. ITV Cycling shared this shot of the peloton racing past the Arc de Triomphe:

The rain didn't last long, and the drier roads aided the peloton in their chase. With 20 kilometers to go, the gap hovered around 15 seconds, and while the breakaway did a superb job maintaining their advantage, the peloton came steaming in during the last two laps.

But inside the final two kilometers, the sprint teams failed to get organised, leading to a chaotic sprint. Groenewegen made his move from a long way out and managed to keep Andre Greipel at bay to take an impressive win.

Froome will likely return to La Grand Boucle next year, where he'll have the opportunity to tie the record for five overall wins. Eddy Merckx, Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault and Jacques Anquetil currently make up the exclusive club of five-time winners.  

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