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Groenewegen takes maiden sprint victory on Champs-Elysees at the Tour

Dylan Groenewegen

Chris Froome (Team Sky) won his fourth and most challenging Tour de France title on Sunday.

The 32-year-old British rider finished 54 seconds ahead of Rigoberto Uran overall, the smallest margin of his wins.

Dylan Groenewegen outsprinted Lotto-Soudal’s Andre Greipel to win the final stage of the 2017 Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

The 103-km ride was the occasion for Froome to sip rose Champagne with his team mates as the race began only when the peloton, who went through the Grand Palais, reached the Champs Elysees.

Froome suffered two mechanical problems at key points in the race but his rivals failed to take full advantage of the failures.

In the ninth stage, they waited for him after Fabio Aru attacked near the top of the final climb, and his main rivals did not go for the throat a week later after the Briton broke a spoke in his rear wheel and found himself trailing by 45 seconds.

He was beaten in a brutal uphill finish in Peyragudes as the 26-year-old Bardet won the stage, showing he has the potential to win the Tour.

Bardet and the other overall contenders were too weak in the time trials however. Froome was well aware of that and he took few risks, knowing he would settle the score on the penultimate day in Marseille.

France had a great Tour with five stage wins, including a double by Warren Barguil, who won the polka dot jersey for the mountains classification and emerged as a popular figure, bringing back memories of Richard Virenque.

Michael Matthews’s versatility earned him the green jersey for the points classification, helped by the fact that world champion Peter Sagan was kicked out of the race after elbowing Mark Cavendish in a sprint finish.

Simon Yates won the white jersey for the best under-25 rider after finishing seventh overall, one year after his twin brother Adam achieved the same feat.

Tour de France 2017 – stage 21 results:

1Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNl-Jumbo)


2André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)


3Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data)


4Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)


5Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin)


6Borut Bozic (Bahrain Merida)


7Davide Cimolai (FDJ)


8Pierre Luc Perichon (Fortuneo – Oscaro)


9Rüdiger Selig (Bora-hansgrohe)


10Daniele Bennati (Movistar)


11Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)


12Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida)


13Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Wanty – Groupe Gobert)


14Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie)


15Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal)


16Olivier Le Gac (FDJ)


17Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates)


18Jack Bauer (Quick-Step Floors)


19Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac)


20Florian Vachon (Fortuneo-Oscaro)


Final general classification:

1Chris Froome (Team Sky)


2Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac)


3Romain Bardet (AG2R)


4Mikel Landa (Team Sky)


5Fabio Aru (Astana)


6Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)


7Simon Yates (Orica-Scott)


8Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates)


9Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)


10Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb)


11Damiano Caruso (BMC)


12Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


13Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R)


14Mikel Nieve (Team Sky)


15Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


16Brice Feillu (Fortuneo-Oscaro)


17Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


18Carlos Betancur (Movistar)


19Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)


20Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal)