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July 25, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chloe Hosking sprints to victory at La Course; Andre Greipel takes final sprint victory on Champs-Elysees, Chris Froome wins third Tour de France; Nicolas Marini wins stage 8 of Tour of Qinghai Lake; Oleg Tinkov: I’ll come back and win the Tour de France when Froome has gone; Quintana to miss Rio Olympics; Zakarin’s Olympic bid still uncertain – may compete as independent athlete; Rio Olympics 2016: Athletes’ village ‘unliveable’…
Putting a positive spin on a frustrating Tour de France that had delivered one close call but no sprint victories, Andre Greipel’s long journey through the Pyrenees and the Alps paid off on the Champs-Élysées in Paris with a stage victory in his German national champion’s jersey.
Greipel, who had taken at least one stage win in every Grand Tour he’d started since the 2008 Giro d’Italia, had been beaten to the line at this Tour by Mark Cavendish, Marcel Kittel, Peter Sagan, Alexander Kristoff, and others, but he redeemed his race with a final-stage salvo in Paris.
After finishing a disappointing sixth on Stage 14, the last field sprint, Greipel muscled his away across the Alps to make it to Paris and battle for the most prestigious field sprint in pro cycling. It was Greipel’s second win on the Champs-Élysées, following his win there one year ago.
Meanwhile, as expected after Saturday’s final mountain stage in the Alps, Chris Froome (Team Sky) won the 2016 Tour de France, his third overall victory in four years. The Briton crossed the finish line arm-in-arm with the eight teammates who helped guide him to victory.
“It’s amazing,” Froome said. ‘Amazing. It doesn’t wear off after two times. Rolling on the Champs-Elysées is the same, it’s an amazing feeling. My teammates have emptied themselves every day, so it was important to show on the finishing line this is a team sport, this is what it’s all about, what we’ve worked for.”
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