Britain’s Froome wins 2nd Tour de France

Paris, July 27 (IANS/EFE) Britain’s Chris Froome won the 102nd edition of the Tour de France, his second victory in the cycling marathon.

Germany’s Andre Greipel, riding for Lotto-Soudal, won the 21st and last leg of the race, the 109-kilometre sprint between Sevres and Paris, his fourth stage victory, coming in ahead of France’s Bryan Coquard and Norway’s Alexander Kristoff in 2 hours 49 minutes and 41 seconds.

Finishing in second and third place overall on Sunday were Colombian Nairo Quintana and his Spanish Movistar teammate, Alejandro Valverde.

The 30-year-old Briton — who had won the Tour in 2013 — crossed the finish line on the Champs Elysees linking arms with his Sky teammates.

“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,” said Froome, referring to the traditional colour of the winner’s jersey, after a race during which he was spat at, insulted, accused of cheating and had urine dumped on him

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