It’s official! Britain’s Chris Froome is your 2013 Tour de France champion.
Froome, who basically guaranteed his victory with a strong day of racing yesterday, became the second Brit ever to win the Tour (the first was Team Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins last year). Marcel Kittel won the final stage, with Andre Greipel coming in second and Mark Cavendish rounding out the top three.
Froome was ecstatic after the win:
Crossing the line with guys brought tears to my eyes. I expected it to be big but this is something else.
Dave [Team Sky manager Sir Dave Brailsford] has been talking about the future of cycling – the youngsters coming through and the way the sport is moving. I look at last decade and the way sport is going – we’ve got something to be proud of (BBC).
The winner went on to talk about the issue of doping that has hung over the Tour this year, casting any successful rider as suspicious:
I’m glad I’ve had to face those questions – after all the revelations of the last year. I’m glad that’s been channeled towards me. I’ve been able to deal with it. Cycling has changed – the peloton is standing together.
Nairo Quintana finished second in the overall standings, 4:20 back of Froome. Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez finished third.