Chris Froome won the 100th Tour de France on Sunday, becoming the second British rider in as many years to win the famed bicycle race.
Froome, who helped Team Sky teammate and countryman Bradley Wiggins win the race last year, took part in a relatively ceremonial ride during the final stage -- an 82-mile trek that featured a twilight finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris for the first time. The stage was won by Marcel Kittel -- his fourth stage win of the race.
After Wiggins announced he would not race in this year's tour because of injury, Froome was the early favorite to win the race, and he did not disappoint. Froome dominated from the first mountain stage, and the yellow jersey did not leave his shoulders once he vaulted into the overall lead with an impressive mountain-top win in Stage 8.
“It's been an amazing journey for me. The race has been a fight every single day,” the Kenyan-born Froome said Saturday.
Froome won three stages in this year's tour, the biggest such win coming when he broke away from his main rivals to win on the slopes of Mont Ventoux on Stage 15.
“That was an incredible moment, incredible," Froome said.
Colombia's Nairo Quintana, winner of Stage 20, finished second overall and won the polka-dot jersey as the tour's best climber. He also won the white jersey as the race's best rider under 26 years old. Slovakia's Peter Sagan won the points competition's green jersey for the second consecutive year.
Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain was third overall and two-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain finished fourth. The top American, Andrew Talansky, ended up 10th overall in his first Tour de France.
Associated Press contributed to this report.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun