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Froome completes 100th Tour de France win

July 22, 2013 at 9:29 AM   |   Comments

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PARIS, July 22 (UPI) -- Chris Froome captured the 100th Tour de France with a performance in which he excelled at time trials and mountain challenges.

The Tour wrapped up Sunday, with a thrilling dash across the finish line in Paris. Marcell Kittle held off Andre Greipel and Mark Cavendish for the stage win. It was his fourth stage victory of the overall race.

Kittle finished the 83-mile run from Versailles and through Paris in 3 hours, 6 minutes, 14 seconds.

Froome was in the group 53 seconds behind the leaders but his General Classification title was already assured and he went by the finish line celebrating among his Team Sky Procycling teammates.

It was the second consecutive overall title for a Sky Procycling rider. Bradley Wiggins won last year and Froome was second. Wiggins is recovering from a series of injuries and didn't complete in this year's tour.

That left Froome as the pre-race favorite and he didn't disappoint.

He won the July 6 mountain stage to move into the front of the overall standings and never gave up the yellow jersey. He also won the July 14 mountain stage and the July 17 time trial. He was second in another time trial and finished third in the penultimate stage Saturday.

Froome covered the 2,161.75 miles of the 100th Tour de France in 86 hours, 56 minutes, 40 seconds. That was 4 minutes, 20 seconds better than runner-up Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas.

Quintana, who is 23, ended up with the polka-dot jersey as "king of the mountains" and the white jersey as the highest finishing rider under age 26.The green jersey, as the points leader, went to Peter Sagan and Christophe Riblon claimed the red jersey as the most aggressive rider.

Team Saxo-Tinkoff, keyed by Alberto Contador and Roman Kreuziger, who were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the General Classification, won the team competition.

The 101st Tour de France is to begin July 5, 2014, in Leeds, England, with two other stages in England before returning to France.

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