Chris Froome wins 2015 Tour de France; Drinks champagne on bike 100km before finish line
In a rain-affected final stage, Chris Froome won his second career Tour de France title on the Champs-Elysees. The British cyclist crossed the finish line in style coming in arm-in-arm with his fellow Team Sky cyclists.
Froome made the most of the final stage, which was more like a ceremony for the cyclist as he enjoyed a glass of champagne with 100km to go on the stage and race. The 30-year-old was declared as the winner of the Tour when they entered Paris for the first time, courtesy of contender Nairo Quintana conceding. Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali finished 4th overall, more than 8 minutes behind Froome.
The final stage of the Tour was won by bookmakers’ favourite at the start of the stage, Andre Greipel. The Lotto-Soudal cyclist crossed the finishing line after 2 hours 49 minutes and 41 seconds ahead of Bryan Coquard in the 109.5km stretch.
Froome, in the process of winning the 102nd Tour de France, finished with the Yellow jersey as well as the Polka-Dot jersey (awarded to the “King of the Mountains”), which made him the first cyclist since Eddy Merckx in 1970 to win both the jerseys in the same year. He earned the Polka-Dot jersey after his exploits on the road to Alpe d’Huez, which made him the first Briton to hold the jersey since Robert Millar in 1984.
Froome now joins a select group of cyclists – Alberto Contador, Bernard Thevenet, Fausto Coppi and Laurent Fignon – to have two Tour titles to their name. Only Bernard Hinault, Eddy Mercks, Miguel Indurain, Jacques Anquetil (all with 5 Tour titles) and Greg LeMond and Louison Bobet (3) have more titles than the current Tour champion.
- Chris Froome – 84 hours 46 minutes 14 seconds
- Nairo Quintana – +1 minute 12 seconds
- Alejandro Valverde – +5 minutes 25 seconds
- Vincenzo Nibali – +8 minutes 36 seconds
- Alberto Contador – 9 minutes 48 seconds