Chris Froome wins third Tour de France title

The 31-year-old safely crossed the line this afternoon in the French capital in what was largely a processional final stage

Chris Froome

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Chris Froome has become the first British cyclist to win three Tour de France titles.

He safely crossed the finishing line on the Champs Elysees in Paris at the end of the 21st and final stage which was largely a processional ride.

During the three-week race, the Team Sky cyclist crashed twice, including one incident where his bike was broken in a collision with a motorcycle. It meant he found himself memorably running to the finish line.

Froome won the Tour ahead of Frenchman Romain Bardet in second and Nairo Quintana of Colombia who was third in the event.

The Kenyan-born rider, 31, now adds to his Tour victories in 2013 and last year. He becomes only the eighth man, not including Lance Armstrong, to win three or more Tours. He is also the first to successfully defend his Tour title since Miguel Indurain in 1995.

Froome joins Philippe Thys, Louison Bobet and Greg LeMond on three titles. He will now have his eyes set on five-time winners Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Indurain.