Chris Froome Wins Third Straight Tour de France Title

It was the fourth championship overall for the British cyclist
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 23, 2017 1:00 PM CDT
Chris Froome Wins Third Straight Tour de France Title
Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, drinks a cup of Champagne during the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France.   (Benoit Tessier)

Riding a bright yellow bike to match his shiny leader's jersey, defending champion Chris Froome won his fourth and most challenging Tour de France title on Sunday, the AP reports. The 32-year-old Kenyan-born British rider finished 54 seconds ahead of Colombian Rigoberto Uran overall, the smallest margin of his wins. This was the third straight win for the Team Sky rider. His first in 2013 came the year after former teammate Bradley Wiggins sparked off a mini-era of British dominance.

Frenchman Romain Bardet, runner-up last year, placed 2 minutes, 20 seconds behind in third place, denying Spaniard Mikel Landa—Froome's teammate—a podium spot by just one second. Italian Fabio Aru finished fifth. As per tradition, the 21st stage was reserved for sprinters and mostly a procession for Froome and the other overall leaders. Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won the final stage. (Read more Chris Froome stories.)

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