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Froome wins his 4th Tour de France


Redacción Agencias | 7/24/2017, 7:22 a.m.
Froome wins his 4th Tour de France
El colombiano Urón quedó segundo en la general | Foto Cortesía

Britain's Chris Froome won the Tour de France for the fourth time on Sunday, putting himself just one victory away from legendary racers Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain, each of whom have triumphed five times in the grueling biking competition.

Froome, the 32-year-old defending champion riding for Sky, began the final leg of the race in Montgeron in Essone, south of Paris, and finish the race 103 kilometers (64 miles) away riding up the Champs-Elysees in the French capital.

Although the race's final stage was won by Lotto Jumbo's Dylan Groenewegen, of The Netherlands, in a bunched sprint, Froome - riding a yellow bike matching his yellow jersey, ended up crossing the finish line with the main body of racers.

Froome came in 54 seconds ahead of Colombia's Rigoberto Uran in the overall standings.

The winner of the 104th edition of the Tour was welcomed at the finish line by his wife Michele and his baby son Kellan, and shared the podium with Uran and France's Romain Bardet, 26, who came in third.

Bardet, who placed second in last year's Tour, came in 2 minutes and 20 seconds behind Froome, just one second ahead of Spain's Mikel Landa - Froome's teammate - in the overall standings.

Italy's Fabio Aru finished fifth.

This was Froome's third straight Tour title, although he did not win a single stage this year.

He had virtually sewed up his victory on Saturday, when he finished third in the individual time trial in Marseille.

Cannondale-Drapac cyclist Uran had finished eighth in the time trial and moved up to second in the general classification (54 seconds behind Froome), leapfrogging Bardet of AG2R La Mondiale.