Froome wins sec­ond Tour de France in three years

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

PARIS — Re­splen­dent in yel­low and rid­ing a ca­nary yel­low bike, Chris Froome won his sec­ond Tour de France in three years on Sun­day, with a leisurely pedal into Paris to wrap up a spec­tac­u­lar three-week slog of fu­ri­ous rac­ing that cul­mi­nated with a thrilling late fight-back by the Bri­tish rider’s tough­est ri­val, Colom­bian Nairo Quin­tana. Cheered on the Champ­sEl­y­sees un­der suit­ably rainy skies for Bri­tain’s third win in the 112-year-old race, Froome took it easy on the last Stage 21, his work done hav­ing grimly re­sisted Quin­tana’s last- ditch as­sault on his hard-won Tour lead the pre­vi­ous day on the fi­nal Alpine as­cent. Just as when Froome first won in 2013, Quin­tana was again run­ner-up, although the mar­gin was much smaller this time: 1 minute, 12 sec­onds, the tight­est win since 2008. Third-placed Ale­jan­dro Valverde, Quin­tana’s Mo­vis­tar team­mate from Spain, made the podium for the first time, mov­ing up from fourth last year. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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