Froome claims fourth ti­tle

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Front Page - By Tom Carey

Chris Froome de­scribed it as a “huge hon­our” to be men­tioned in the same breath as Jacques An­quetil, Eddy Mer­ckx, Bernard Hin­ault and Miguel In­durain af­ter ef­fec­tively wrap­ping up a fourth Tour de France tri­umph in five years yes­ter­day. A day of dou­ble cel­e­bra­tions for Bri­tish Cy­cling saw the na­tional gov­ern­ing body avoid the po­ten­tially cat­a­strophic loss of some £43mil­lion in pub­lic fund­ing.

Froome needs only fin­ish to­day’s fi­nal stage in Paris to be as­sured of a vic­tory which will leave him one short of five-time cham­pi­ons An­quetil, Mer­ckx, Hin­ault and In­durain.

The Team Sky rider, 32, fin­ished third in yes­ter­day’s penul­ti­mate day time trial in Mar­seille to ex­tend his win­ning mar­gin to 54sec over Rigob­erto Uran [Can­non­dale-Dra­pac].

France’s Ro­main Bardet [AG2R], who had started the day 23sec be­hind Froome, faded to fin­ish third.

Bury-born Si­mon Yates [Orica-Scott] se­cured the white jer­sey for best young rider, 12 months af­ter his twin brother Adam did like­wise. Yates fin­ished sev­enth over­all.

Mean­while, Bri­tish Cy­cling’s na­tional coun­cil voted through re­forms to com­ply with a new Code for Sports Gov­er­nance en­sur­ing it will re­main el­i­gi­ble for pub­lic fund­ing.

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