Froome cements status as Tour de France great

Chris Froome has cemented his status as one of the greatest Tour de France riders of all time after securing his third title on Sunday.

He also becomes the first Briton to take out three titles and the first to retain his title since Spaniard Miguel Indurain in 1995.

But it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 31-year-old.


He managed to survive two crashes and even a jog up a mountain road to add to his 2013 and 2015 triumphs.

“This tour has obviously taken place against the backdrop of terrible events in Nice and we pay our respect again to those who lost their lives,” Froome said of the recent terror attack in Nice in which 84 people were killed when he drove a truck through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.

“Of course these kinds of events put sport into perspective but they also show why the values of sport are so important to free society.”

Germany’s Andre Greipel won the 21st and last stage, a 113-km ride from Chantilly ending on the Champs Elysees in Paris.

Australian Richie Porte of BMC Racing came in fifth overall, 5:17 off the pace.