Froome Already Thinking About Tour Number Four

Ross Houston
August 7, 2016

Froome rides in the Olympic Games road race and time-trial, on August 6 and August 10, respectively, and has realistic chances of gold in both events in Rio.

Froome rode a yellow bike to go with his yellow jersey, helmet, gloves and shoes. Sagan, typically finished fastest but he left his push a fraction too late and failed to add to his three stage wins this year - his best return at the Tour.

Thomas could wait for a replacement; Froome had to get going.

Cycling great and three-times Tour de France victor Chris Froome will whizz through Kingston this weekend as part of the Prudential RideLondon series.

The most weird sight of the whole Tour - Froome jogging towards the finish line on Stage 12 after Richie Porte crashed into a motorbike and brought Froome and Bauke Mollema down with him.

"I've felt a huge shift, you can see that people on the roads with supporters' jersey for other teams, from the French teams, [are saying] Come on, allez Sky, allez Froome". The following day, it was decided that the time trial between Bourg-Saint-Andéol and La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc would go ahead, despite the bad scenes witnessed in Nice.

He had initially lost time and lost his lead due to the Ventoux incident, but the race jury decided external factors had caused an unfair change to the standings and he was reinstated as leader.

Froome was able to finish safely inside the peloton to successfully defend the title he earned past year and secure the overall victory for the third time in his career.

The strategy worked to perfection and Froome was hardly attacked.

"There's no way anyone can say that racing style is boring and predictable as they have in the past".

Froome then moves ahead of Nairo Quintana and rounds off the second Saturday by punching a spectator, apparently dressed up as a chicken. The yellow jersey is now his.

Froome, in the yellow jersey, was joined by Yates in the white jersey as best young rider, Slovak Peter Sagan in the green points top and Poland's Rafal Majka in the polka dot king of the mountains jersey.

With disgraced Lance Armstrong's seven "wins" between 1999-2005 expunged from the record books after he admitted to doping, the record of five Tour wins, held jointly by Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, Belgium's Eddy Merckz and Miguel Indurain of Spain, is very much in Froome's sight.

But the 31-year-old is already focusing on next year's Tour and beyond.

He finished with three stage victories while keeping the cycling world entertained with his video parodies of cult classic films, such as Grease, Rocky, Forest Gump and Pulp Fiction.

Yesterday's largely ceremonial final stage began with Froome riding alongside 23-year-old Adam Yates - fourth overall and Britain's first victor of the Best Young Riders ranking - as well as the leaders of the other classifications at the head of the pack.

It rather summed up this year's Tour.

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