Chris Froome Makes History

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Updated: July 25, 2016

Winning the 2016 edition and his third Tour de France, Chris Froome puts himself in the history books as the first British rider to win three times after his previous victories in 2013 and 2015. Now Froome becomes one of only eight riders to have won three Tours and is 2 wins behind Anquetil, Merckx, Hinault and Indurain. Lance Armstrong’s seven wins have been stripped after admitting to doping.

Froome started had a quiet start as the yellow jersey was thrown around between sprinters and Cavendish finally succeed in wearing the yellow jersey and winning four stages in total to take his career total to 30 stage wind, four behind Eddie Merckx (34).

Greg Van Avermaet shocked some with an impressive win in the first mountain stage of the Tour from Limoges to Le Lioran and wore yellow. Froome soon regained that time three stages later to claim the yellow jersey by wildly attacking on the descent towards Bagneres de Luchon, underdog Adam Yates took his chance to finish the day in second overall.

The only scare Froome had was an accident with Richie Porte, Bauke Mollema and a motorbike which broke Froome’s bike resulting in him jogging for a short period until a new one was given to him, the times were neutralised because of the incident meaning he maintained first place.

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After that there no real challenges to Froome’s position, rivals such as Contador and Quintana were very disappointing by never capitalising on any faint chances they had or in Contador’s case, retiring from the race due to illness. The Sky rider showed bigger gaps between him and the others with spectacuar rides like the individual time trial to Megeve almost guarantying victory.

 

The other jerseys

  • The green jersey: Peter Sagan was the clear favourite the regain the green jersey considering he has won it every year since 2012 and winning it again by a long distance with 470 points next to second place Marcel Kittel’s 228 points. He also wore the yellow jersey for three days after winning stage 2. Winning it next year will put him level with German rider Erik Zabel on 6 total points classification wins and even if one year is too long to predict something, I’m almost certain if fit, he will win it again.Sagan In Green Again
  • The white jersey: Adam Yates won the white jersey for best young ride, at the age of 23 he could still compete in this classification next year, but after disappointingly missing out on a podium spot in the GC he will be aiming for the highest finish possible, if that be second place even.
  • The polka dot kersey: The best climber of this year’s Tour was won by Polish rider Rafal Majka quite comfortably ahead of second place Belgian rider Thomas De Gendt, who seemed to have been one of the favourites for this competition and wore the jersey a total of 6 times until his form faded out near the end.

Another great year for the world’s biggest cycling competition and giving lots of hopes for British fans in at least one sport. Adam Yates looking like a very hopeful prospect, maybe Cavendish breaking Merckx’s record next year and the dominance of Froome proving greatness and legendary status for the Sky rider.

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