Ever since Sir Bradley Wiggins won the Tour de France last year, the bar had been set very high for any British cyclist. And even before the start of the 100th edition of the Tour de France, all eyes were on one man, who has touted by many as the main contender for the Yellow Jersey this year. Chris Froome.
Having won four of the five stage races he competed in, prior to the Tour de France, Froome was, without a shadow of a doubt, the man to beat, coming into the biggest race in cycling. After helping his team mate Wiggins win the title last year, Froome was gunning for glory right from the outset this time around.
Amidst all the twists and turns, Froome managed to rewrite record books and became the second successive Briton, and rider from Team Sky to win the Tour de France.
And all of this started during the first day in the Pyrenees Mountains, which saw Froome, a renowned climber, produce a sensational ride to win the stage and wear the race leader's yellow jersey for the very first time this year.
The 28-year-old Briton sprinted away from his rivals, which included the two-time race winner Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana, on the climb to the summit finish at Ax 3 Domaines and won the stage, whilst opening up a commanding lead over the rest of the peloton.
And after winning his first stage of this year’s tour, Froome kept his Yellow Jersey all the way through to the finish in Paris, whilst adding two more stage wins to his kitty.
After all but wrapping up his first Tour de France in Stage 20, Froome admitted that he was caught a little off guard, whilst on the ascent towards the top of Mont Semnoz.
He said: "It was quite hard to stay on top once I got to three kilometers to go because I knew I had accomplished what I wanted to do. I was overwhelmed". But, at the end of the day, he hung on, and won his first ever Tour de France.
And whilst there were plenty of challenges on the road which included the 197 other riders and the grueling course, the main challenge for Froome throughout this Tour were allegations of doping brewing in the sidelines.
But, Froome managed to remain oblivious to any sort of allegation and let his bike do all the taking. Aged only 28, there were suggestions from more than a few that he might stick around to win a few more, before he calls it a day, once and for all.
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