Chris Froome Wins 2016 Tour de France

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Chris Froome Wins 2016 Tour de France

For the third time in four years Chris Froome has won the Tour de France. The British rider completed another flawless tour, as his team played a huge role in the victory. From start to finish Team Sky were there for their team leader. It could not have gone any better.

Froome took two stages on his way to glory in Paris. Winning on stages eight and 18. His performance in stage 11 also was an instrumental moment in his journey to Paris. He linked up with Peter Sagan, and the two riders broke away from the peloton, making it all the way to the finish.

In the mountain stages he was always well supported. Wouter Poels is perhaps one of the unsung heroes of the tour. His tremendous work rate helped Froome immensely. Sergio Henao, Mikel Landa, and Geraint Thomas were three other support riders that performed at the highest level for their team.

Plenty of Hard Work Involved

It wasn’t a cakewalk by any means for Froome. Multiple crashes caused many cycling fans around the world to hold their breath. The crash on Mont Ventoux won’t be forgotten any time soon, as one of the more bizarre days in cycling occurred. Despite the crashes, this tour will still go down as another amazing performance from Sky and Froome.

Sagan Dominates Points Competition 

The World Champion successfully defended the green jersey at this years tour. Peter Sagan came away with three stage wins on his way to Paris. Two of those wins came down to a photo finish.

Sagan was there on every sprint stage to pick up points, and in the end it wasn’t even close. He took the points classification by over 200 points. Up next the Slovakian will turn his attention to the mountain bike competition at the Olympics.

Cavendish Shows Fantastic Form

Mark Cavendish had a fantastic tour, as the British sprinter took four stage wins home with him. Moving his way up to second all-time on the Tour de France stage wins list with 30. Heading into the Olympics his confidence has to be enormous at the moment. Will he get the gold medal he’s been chasing?

Young Riders Impress

Romain Bardet, Adam Yates, and Louis Meintjes all had great performances at this years tour. All three have enormous amounts of potential moving forward. These three could be the next stars of cycling.

Julian Alaphilippe was another young rider that impressed many. The Frenchman did not finish in the top 10, but he showed that he can be a factor in the future, with some great efforts in the mountains.

Crazy Moments

As mentioned before, the Mont Ventoux stage was undoubtedly the craziest stage. Froome, Richie Porte, and Bauke Mollema all crashed due to a motorbike that had to stop. The fans on the climb were crowding the road, which led to motorbiking having to stop. Froome’s bike was damaged as a result, and he began to run up the hill. In the end, the times were neutralized and Froome remained in the lead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0zYmQ0zQcA

Adam Yates also had a bizarre moment. The Australian rider had the one kilometer to go banner fall on him in stage seven. A fan was to blame for the incident, as the inflatable was deflated.

 Top 5 Stages

Stage 8 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5saFFDbm_4

Stage 11 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0cavZhAGfk

Stage 14

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ0BLr3JfOI

Stage 16 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYrOec2j260

Stage 12 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaNh5wNdGt0

 

General Classification Final Standings

  1. Chris Froome (Team Sky)
  2. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Modiale)
  3. Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
  4. Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExhchange)
  5. Richie Porte (BMC)
  6. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)
  7. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha)
  8. Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida)
  9. Daniel Martin (Etixx-Quick Step)
  10. Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff)

Points Classification

  1. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff)
  2. Marecl Kittel (Etixx-Quick Step)
  3. Michael Matthews (Orica-BikeExchange)
  4. Andre Griepel (Lotto Soudal)
  5. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha)
  6. Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie)
  7. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)
  8. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
  9. Chris Froome (Team Sky)
  10. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff)

Climber Classification 

  1. Rafal Majka (Tinkoff)
  2. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)
  3. Jarlinson Pantano (IAM Cycling)
  4. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha)
  5. Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida)
  6. Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data)
  7. Stef Clement (IAM Cycling)
  8. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)
  9. Kristijan Durasek (Lampre-Merida)
  10. Thomas Voeckler (Direct Energie)

Youth Classification

  1. Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange)
  2. Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida)
  3. Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Argon 18)
  4. Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin)
  5. Wilco Kelderman (Lotto NL-Jumbo)
  6. Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick Step)
  7. Jan Polanc (Lampre-Merida)
  8. Eduardo Sepulveda (Fortuneo-Vital Concept)
  9. Alexey Lutsenko (Astana)
  10. Patrick Kondrad (Bora-Argon 18)

Team Classification

  1. Movistar
  2. Team Sky
  3. BMC
  4. AG2R La Mondiale
  5. Astana
  6. Tinkoff
  7. Trek-Segafredo
  8. IAM Cycling
  9. Team Katusha
  10. Lampre-Merida

Stage Winners

Stage 1-Mark Cavendish

Stage 2-Peter Sagan

Stage 3-Mark Cavendish

Stage 4-Marcel Kittel

Stage 5-Greg Van Avermaet

Stage 6-Mark Cavendish

Stage 7-Stephen Cummings

Stage 8-Chris Froome

Stage 9-Tom Dumoulin

Stage 10-Michael Matthews

Stage 11-Peter Sagan

Stage 12-Thomas De Gendt

Stage 13- Tom Dumoulin

Stage 14- Mark Cavendish

Stage 15-Jarlinson Pantano

Stage 16-Peter Sagan

Stage 17-Ilnur Zarkarin

Stage 18-Chris Froome

Stage 19-Romain Bardet

Stage 20-Ion Izagirre

Stage 21-Andre Griepel

Main Photo

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