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Team Sky cyclist Chris Froome of Britain won 102nd Tour de France

Jul 27, 2015 11:10 IST

Chris Froome, a cyclist from Team Sky of Britain, on 26 July 2015 won 102nd Tour de France in a three-week slog of furious race around the Champs Elysees, Paris. With this, Froome became the first Briton to win the Tour de France for the second time.

Froome made his mark in the mountain stage to La Pierre St Martin in the 10th stage before riding defensively to leave behind Nairo Quintana Rojas, a Colombian racing cyclist, by 72 seconds. The third-place was secured by Alejandro Valverde, cyclist from Spain.

The Team Sky now has three victories in its pocket. The first vistory was marked by former Team Sky leader Bradley Wiggins claiming the 2012 edition, followed the two victories of Froome in 2013 and 2015. British riders now have three Tour de France victories out of the last four Grand Boucles.

Top 10 Winners of Tour de France

Position

Cyclist

Team

1

Chris Froome

Team Sky

2

Nairo Quintana Rojas

Movistar Team

3

Alejandro Valverde

Movistar Team

4             

Vincenzo Nibali

Astana Pro Team

5

Alberto Contador

Tinkoff-Saxo Team

6

Robert Gesink

LottoNL-Jumbo Team

7

Bauke Mollema

Trek Factory Racing

8

Mathias Frank

IAM Cycling

9

Romain Bardet

Ag2r La Mondiale

10

Pierre Rolland

Team Europcar

Froome first won in 2013, when Nairo Quintana was again the runner-up, although Quintana lost by a much smaller margin that is 1 minute, 12 seconds; one of the tightest win since 2008.

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