Chris Froome Makes History with Second Tour de France Win

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Chris Froome has officially won the 2015 Tour de France, becoming the first Brit to win it more than once. 

The Team Sky man was all but confirmed as the yellow jersey winner atop the Alpe d'Huez, holding more than one minutes lead over Movistar's Nairo Quitana. 

Although the final stage in Paris is usually not much more than a procession, Froome was officially confirmed as the Tour winner as the riders crossed the line on the Champs Elysees on the first of 10 laps. Race organisers took the time on the first lap because of the huge rainfall that caused a number of nasty crashes for the women's race earlier in the day. 

Delivering his winner's speech after the stage, Chris Froome said:  "The yellow jersey is very special. I will always respect it and never dishonour it."

Froome, and Team Sky, has faced a wave of doping allegations ever since Froome's dominant attacks on the first few climbs in the early stages of the Tour. Those allegations led to the Kenyan-born star being spat at, twice, and having a cup of urine thrown at him. Teammate Richie Porte also claims he was punched after one stage. 

Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford said: "You can't prove him negative, but there is a weight of evidence to show that we are doing it the right way, we are a clean team and Chris Froome is just a fantastic champion."

Froome also won the polka dot jersey for the King of the Mountain competition and became the first person to win both the yellow and polka dot jersey since the great Eddy Merckx in 1970.

Germany's Andre Griepel claimed his fourth stage win of this year's Tour to emphasise his place as the fastest sprinter this year. 

Nairo Quintana, who finsihed just one minute 12 seconds behind Froome, won the white jersey for the best young rider. Tinkoff-Saxo's Peter Sagan continued his dominance of the sprinters' green jersey.

 

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