Rain Gives Froome an Odd Tour de France Win
Briton's 2nd victory was called before he actually crossed finish line
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2015 12:49 PM CDT
Britain's Chris Froome, in the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides the Champs Elysees in the last stage of the Tour de France in Paris, Sunday, July 26, 2015.   (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)
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(Newser) – Britain's Chris Froome has officially won his second Tour de France today, though rain guaranteed his victory long before he crossed the finish line in what the AP calls a "spectacular three-week slog of furious racing." Tour organizers earlier stopped the race clock after the first lap on the Champs-Elysees, instead of the normal 10, because of crash fears amid wet conditions. That meant that as long as Froome crossed the finish line—riders had to complete all 10 laps even though the clock had stopped—victory was his. As in 2013, Nairo Quintana took second place to Froome, though the Colombian was much closer behind this time around.

 

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