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Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY Procycling (C) rides in the wheel of teammate Richie Porte of Australia during the twenty first and final stage of the 2013 Tour de France

There was to be no French winner at Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day. Instead Chris Froome etched his name into Tour de France history with two decisive attacks. The first came 7km from the summit to drop Alberto Contador; the second to kick away from Nairo Quintana as they passed the memorial to Tom Simpson, the first Briton to wear the yellow jersey, who died on this ascent during the 1967 Tour.

Mont Ventoux will be a welcome sight for Chris Froome

It is renowned as one of cycling’s most merciless mountains, the scorching climb where Tommy Simpson died. But for Chris Froome, Mont Ventoux represents a welcome sight as the Tour de France.

The Team Sky rider pursued Rodriguez up the final ascent and earned bonus seconds

Chris Froome emerges as early leader as chaotic crash engulfs Tour de France

The Team Sky rider pursued Rodriguez up the final ascent and earned bonus seconds

Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky Procycling and team mate Richie Porte of Australia cross the finish line together at the end of stage eighteen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 172.5KM road stage from Gap to l'Alpe d'Huez, on July 18, 2013 in Alpe d'Huez, France.

Chris Froome of Team Sky Procycling and team mate Richie Porte of Australia

Tour de France 2014. 5^Tappa, 9 luglio. Ypres > Arenberg (Porte du Hainaut). Vincenzo Nibali (1984) scatenato, all'attacco in maglia gialla

A shell-shocked Chris Froome abandoned the Tour de France this afternoon after his third crash in 24 hours forced the battered and bruised defending champion finally to throw in the towel.

Chris Froome effectively sealed a second Tour de France title but admitted to moments of anxiety as he came under a thrilling, late attack from Nairo Quintana in the final climb to Alpe-d’Huez. When he rides into Paris tomorrow, Froome will become the first British rider in history to win a second Tour, on top of his 2013 triumph. With Sir Bradley Wiggins’ victory in 2012, Team Sky riders have won the yellow jersey, the sport’s most prestigious prize, three times in four years.

Chris Froome heads to Paris with victory in sight

Chris Froome effectively sealed a second Tour de France title but admitted to moments of anxiety as he came under a thrilling, late attack from Nairo Quintana in the final climb to Alpe-d’Huez.

He entered Paris in the yellow jersey to seal his second Tour win

Chris Froome confirmed winner amid perilous conditions in Paris

Chris Froome was this evening confirmed as the winner of the Tour de France for a second time as rain in Paris forced organisers to stop the race clocks with 68 kilometres of the final stage.

Chris Froome has completed the final stage of the 100th Tour de France to be confirmed as the winner in Paris. Team Sky crossed the line arm-in-arm as they celebrated Froome’s Tour win. The 28-year-old Briton follows on from compatriot and team-mate Bradley Wiggins, who sat out of this year’s race for health reasons.

‘Sun King’ Chris Froome savours his coronation

Not content with just winning the Tour de France, Chris Froome closed out the race in Paris last night with the dignified pledge that he was a clean champion who the public could believe in.

Britânico bate em moto, corre trecho a pé e perde liderança do Tour de France

Chris Froome (TeamSky), wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, runs to get another bike after falling during the 178 km twelvelth stage of the Tour de France between Montpellier and Chalet-Reynard.

Froome retained his 11-second overall race lead

Tour de France stage eight Froome crossed the line in eighth and retained his advantage

Feb 16 Chris Froome laid down a marker for the Tour de France by beating all his major contenders to win the Tour of Oman in style and record his first major stage race victory.

Chris Froome sees off Tour de France champions to win Tour of Oman

Chris Froome laid down a marker for the Tour de France by beating all his major contenders to win the Tour of Oman in style and record his first major stage race victory.

It was with a touch of class that Froome stood on the podium in Paris

‘Sun King’ Chris Froome savours his coronation

Not content with just winning the Tour de France, Chris Froome closed out the race in Paris last night with the dignified pledge that he was a clean champion who the public could believe in.

AX 3 DOMAINES, FRANCE - JULY 06: Race leader Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky Procycling celebrates on the podium wearing the King of the Mountain (polka dot) jersey after winning stage eight of the 2013 Tour de France, a 195KM road stage from Castres to Ax 3 Domaines, on July 6, 2013 in Ax 3 Domaines, France. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

With to on the climb to Ax 3 Domaines, Chris Froome made the move that may define his life. It will probably win him the Tour de France.

Only one other rider apart from Froome has ever won a Ventoux stage when they were already wearing yellow: Merckx

Leader ascends to place alongside Eddy Merckx

Bradley Wiggins last year — now Sir Bradley, of course. Chris Froome in Do not take this for granted, as if Tour de France victories are suddenly de rigueur. Froome has pretty much guaranteed.

Froome and Wiggins competing in last year's Tour de France

Tensions high as Chris Froome’s girlfriend has her say on Team Sky leader

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