CYCLING: Froome Honoured at Place in Tour De France History Books

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CYCLING: Froome Honoured at Place in Tour De France History Books


Chris Froome said it was an honour to be associated with some of cycling's all-time greats after claiming his fourth Tour de France title in Paris.

Froome's triumph took him within one win of matching the record for Tour titles held by four men, including Eddie Merckx and Miguel Indurain.

Froome said: "It's a huge honour to be talked about in the same sentence as those guys with their place in the history of the Tour de France.

"It is just a privilege to even be in the position to be going for that kind of record."

Froome resisted the temptation to call his 2017 success the best of his career, but did admit they had not come much tougher.

"Each time I've won the Tour it's so unique and so different and it's such a different battle to get to this moment. So they're all special in their own ways and this year, I think, will be remembered for being the closest and most hard-fought battle between the GC rivals.

"It feels amazing. The Champs Elysees never disappoints, it's something magical. When you've spent three weeks thinking about being here in this moment, it is so rewarding every time."

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford said he had no doubts that Froome could go on to add to his four Tour titles.

"I think he can go on - there's no reason to think that he can't," he explained.

"Physically he's got what it takes, then it's a question of hunger and mentality and the Chris I've seen here has been working harder than ever.

"He's getting better tactically and technically, so as long as that hunger continues I think he'll be a force in this race for a number of years to come."

Brailsford shrugged off questions about the negative response Froome has received in some quarters in France, insisting: "I don't think it's a popularity contest. …

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