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Froome cruises to win in 100th Tour de France
Paris, France (Sports Network) - Christopher Froome gave Great Britain its second consecutive victory in the Tour de France as cycling's most prestigious event culminated its 100th edition Sunday with a later-than-usual traditional ride on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Froome had all but wrapped up his first career victory in the historic race after taking a lead of slightly over five minutes over eventual runner-up Nairo Quintana into Sunday's 21st and final stage, a 133.5-kilometer trek from Versailles to the Champs-Elysees that ended with dusk settling upon France's capital city to commemorate the race reaching the century mark.
The 28-year-old Froome, who was born in Kenya and raised in South Africa but has raced for Great Britain -- the birthplace of his father -- since 2008, completed the race four minutes and 20 seconds in front of Quintana, a first- time Tour rider from Colombia who won Saturday's mountainous 20th stage and captured both this year's young rider and mountain classification titles.
Spain's Joaquin Rodriguez placed third, 5:04 behind Froome, with two-time champion Alberto Contador finishing fourth at six minutes and 27 seconds back.
Froome followed Sky Procycling teammate Bradley Wiggins, who opted not to defend his 2012 Tour title, in the winner's circle after not relinquishing the yellow jersey he initially seized by claiming Stage 8. His ride into Paris was in essence a ceremonial one due to his sizeable advantage over Quintana, as evidenced by his sipping champagne from a glass during a portion of the final stage.
He ended up 128th in Sunday's stage, in which Germans Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel finished first and second, respectively and Britain's Mark Cavendish wound up third.
Slovakia's Peter Sagan, who placed fourth in Stage 21, took home the green jersey representing the points classification title for a second straight year, with Cavendish second and Greipel third.
Quintana was able to hold off Froome by 11 points to earn the climber's title.
07/21 16:40:19 ET