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Tour de France: Froome Scores His Second Victory

Jul 27, 2015
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Froome won his second Tour de France title (ASO/letour.com)

Though the 2015 Tour de France produced a relatively tight finish, the last stage was comfortable for Chris Froome.

The overall classification was decided when the pack crossed the finish line at the end of the first lap. The man wearing the yellow jersey came first, becoming the first British rider to win the Tour de France twice. He also became the first rider to win both the overall race and the mountain classification since Eddy Merckx in 1970.

After claiming his second Tour de France title, Froome completed the remaining laps together with his teammates. Though he was accused of cheating, he was abused and a fan even threw a cup of urine at him, he did not lost his momentum during the Tour. With the help of his team, he was able to won the competition again, two years after his first victory in 2013.

The Guardian: Chris Froome joins legends of Tour de France with second win

 
British rider Chris Froome completed his second Tour de France victory on Sunday, gambling news report. After the last stage saw him topping the general classification for the second time, the 30-year-old entered the Pantheon of cycling, joining Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Miguel Indurain, Alberto Contador and co.

Tour de France 2015 podium

Froome joins an elite club by winning the Tour de France twice (ASO/letour.com)

There are officially 21 riders, who won the Tour more than once, as many of those, who follow sports scores might know. Plus there is Lance Armstrong of course, who came first a record seven times before he was stripped from his achievements due to his doping scandal.

Team Sky was wearing a special jersey for the last stage that was unveiled when the rain stopped and the riders got rid of their rain coats. As Froome already wrapped up the overall victory by the first lap, he was able to approach the finish line at a comfy pace, hand-in-hand with his teammates.

TheLocal.fr: Froome defies abuse to win Tour de France

 
Chris Froome had to surmount a lot of things to claim his second Tour de France victory, as many, who follow live sports results might remember. He was charged with doping by the media, urine was thrown at him and he was spit and abused on the way. However, it was an incredible feeling for him to win the competition for the second time.

Tour de France 2015 Team Sky

A fan agitated by French tv speculation even threw urine in Froome’s face (Reuters)

After crossing the finish line hand-in-hand with his teammates, he spoke about his feelings. He said, “This is such a great race, what can I say? I feel a lot of emotion. Of course it was a very, very difficult Tour, both on the bike and off it. I’m so happy to be here in yellow. There were a few difficulties, a few extra stresses outside of the race but that’s cycling in 2015.”

He was first accused of cheating two years ago. This time it happened again, and on stage 14, a fan even threw a cup of urine at him, shouting “dope”. The image of cycling was heavily damaged by the Lance Armstrong doping scandal that saw the seven-time winner being stripped of his achievements. However, Froome always insisted that he was a “clean” rider.

BBC.com: Chris Froome: Tour de France winner won’t ‘dishonour’ jersey

 
Chris Froome is the first British rider to win the Tour de France twice. Stunning many experts of gambling facts, he became the first man to top both the overall competition and the mountain rankings in the same year since Eddy Merckx’s outstanding achievement in 1970. Froome’s performance was described as “abnormal” by a French physiologist and the French television was also suspicious of him.

Froome dedicates Tour de France victory to wife

Froome dedicates this victory to his wife (Getty Images)

However, Team Sky released the performance data of the 30-year-old, to counter the charges. Froome himself also stated several times that he was clean. After claiming his overall victory, he commented the accusations once again. He said, “The yellow jersey is very special. I will always respect it and never dishonour it. Someone needs to speak up for the cyclists. I’m happy to do that. Someone has to make a stand, the time is now.”

He added, “I want to thank my team-mates, without you I would not be standing here. I give you my utmost respect and gratitude. This is your yellow jersey as much as it is mine. Thank you to the support team at Team Sky – your support has got me through the tough times. Thank you to my wife Michelle – your love and support are my motivation.”

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Respect Yellow Jersey! – UCI Asks Tour Fans

Jul 26, 2015
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Respect the yellow jersey (Photo: Bryn Lennon / Getty Images)

Chris Froome has been dominated the 2015 edition of the Tour de France so far. However, it seems that not all the crowd acknowledges his performance.

After doping charges appeared in the media in reaction to his outstanding climbing performance, a fan threw a cup full of urine at him. This might have seemed to be funny for the probably (or hopefully) drunk fan, but this was a disgusting act that shouldn’t be happen at such a prestigious event. International cycling’s governing body and Tour organizers, Amaury Sport Organisation – not so quickly, but finally – acted, releasing a statement that asks fans to respect yellow jersey.

BBC.com: Tour de France chiefs call for fans to respect yellow jersey

Tour the France fans were asked to respect yellow jersey by competition organizers and UCI, international cycling’s governing body, gambling news report. It comes after Chris Froome and his Sky teammates were involved in several humiliating episodes.

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Some people cheer and some spit on the athletes (Photo: DailyMail)

Froome complained that urine was thrown at him while he was doing stage 14, after doping charges emerged in the media against him. Another Team Sky member, Richie Porte reported that he was punched in stage 10. The doping accusations appeared as Sky doing an excellent job at the 2015 Tour, as followers of live sports results might know. 30-year-old British rider, Froome led the competition by more than three minutes after stage 18.
Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), organizer of the Tour de France released a joint statement. It said, “UCI President Brian Cookson and Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme ask crowds along the roadside to respect every rider, and the integrity of the riders and in particular the yellow jersey.”

SkySports.com: Tour de France: UCI calls for fans to respect riders on Alpine stages

UCI, the International Cycling Union released a statement together with the organizers of Tour de France, asking fans to respect yellow jersey and all the other riders in the remaining part of the competition. Chris Froome, Team Sky’s 30-year-old rider led Nairo Quintana by 3 minutes and 10 seconds when the statement was issued, as many of those who follow sports scores might have known.
Froome was accused with doping by the media, and a fan thrown a cup of urine at him at stage 14. It was reported shortly after his teammate, Richie Porte claimed that he was punched by a fan on stage 10. Apart from asking fans to respect yellow jersey rider Froome, the UCI and Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) joint statement also emphasizes that they regretted the incident the British rider was involved in.
It said, “The UCI and ASO publicly regretted the aggressions suffered by the leader of the overall classification from some spectators during the 14th stage between Rodez and Mende, while at the same time thanking the large majority of the public which respects the athletes.”

The Guardian: UCI pleads for fans to ‘respect yellow jersey’ after Chris Froome abuse

UCI, world’s cycling governing body had to release a statement, asking fans to respect yellow jersey and stop insulting drivers on the Tour. What triggered the statement is that a cup of urine was thrown at Chris Froome while racing. Online mobile news reported that his teammate, Sky’s Australian rider Richie Porte was allegedly spat on and punched by fans.
The statement that was a joint issue with the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), Tour’s organizers said, “The peloton of the 102nd edition of the Tour de France enters a decisive phase of the race as it enters the Alps, where the riders require optimal conditions in order to perform to their best before arriving in Paris on Sunday.”
It continued, “UCI president Brian Cookson and Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme ask crowds along the roadside to respect every rider, and the integrity of the riders and in particular the yellow jersey.”

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