Froome toughs it out a winner
CHRIS Froome said he felt “incredible” after winning his second Tour de France title yesterday in a competition that has seen him accused of cheating, spat upon and doused with urine.
The 30- year- old Briton crossed the line on the Champs Elysees arm- in- arm with his Sky teammates to clinch a second Grand Boucle crown following his 2013 success.
“This is such a great race, what can I say? I feel a lot of emotion,” said Froome after finishing the 21st leg.
“Of course it was a very, very difficult Tour, both on the bike and off it. I’m so happy to be here in yellow. There were a few difficulties, a few extra stresses outside of the race but that’s cycling in 2015.”
Froome has faced accusations of cheating since his last victory, and complained that a spectator had thrown urine on him while shouting “dope” during the 14th stage.
Germany’s Andre Greipel won the final stage ahead of Frenchman Bryan Coquard and Alexander Kristoff of Norway. Colombian Nairo Quintana finished second overall with his Spanish Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde taking third, his best finish on the Tour at the age of 35.
Froome backed Australia’s Richie Porte to win a Grand Tour, but says the Tasmanian needs to improve his consistency over three- week races.
Porte will leave Team Sky at the end of the season to pursue his own leadership goals with a yet- to- be- named team, though the 30- year- old has been heavily linked with BMC.
Froome said he would miss the company of his close friend and regular training partner, who as a key domestique has now been instrumental in helping Sky win three Tour de France editions. And the Brit is confident Porte has the potential to realise his dream of a Grand Tour victory.
“Richie is an incredibly talented climber, probably one of the best climbers in the peloton,” Froome said.
“There are often occasions where he drops me in the mountains, even in training.
“I have no doubt that he has the ability to ride GC in a grand tour.”
But he said Porte would first need to become more reliable over three- week races.
“To be able to look at a three- week race ( you need) to roll with the bad days as well as the good days.”
EMOTIONAL: Chris Froome in Paris on the way to his second Tour win.