Tour de France 2017 stage 21: Chris Froome eyes place alongside greats after fourth triumph

 
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Le Tour de France 2017 - Stage Twenty One
British riders (Simon Yates, right and Chris Froome) took two of the four prestigious Tour de France jerseys (Source: Getty)

Britain's Chris Froome is targeting a place alongside the greatest cyclists of all time after sealing his fourth Tour de France victory in Paris.

The Team Sky rider finished the Tour 54 seconds ahead of Colombia's Rigoberto Uran and admitted this year's victory would be "remembered as the closest and more hard-fought of them”.

Only four men have won the race, which dates back to 1903, five times – Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain – but Froome revealed he hopes to join them next year.

"It's a huge honour to be mentioned in the same sentence as Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain. It's a privilege to be going for the record next year,” the 32-year-old said.

It's just an amazing feeling. The Champs-Elysees never disappoints. There's something magical about it when you spend three weeks thinking of this moment. It's just rewarding. It's amazing to see my wife and my son again after several months on the road.

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The 32-year-old dedicated his latest triumph to his family.

He added: “Each time I've won the Tour, it has been so unique. All my victories are so special in their own ways.”

'No reason'

Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford said there was “no reason” to think Froome could not target a fifth title.

He said: "Physically he's got what it takes, so 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."

Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won the final stage in a sprint finish, while Frenchman Romain Bardet completed the general classification podium.

Briton Simon Yates, who rides for Australian team Orica-Scott, emulated the success of his twin brother Adam in 2016 by winning the white jersey for the Tour’s best young rider.

“I'm really happy, the team did a fantastic job and now it's sinking in,” said the Bury born rider, who finished in seventh place overall.

I tried when I could to attack and, when I couldn't, I tried to conserve my energy and stay in the wheels.

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Stage result

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 GROENEWEGEN DYLAN TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO 02H 25' 39''
2 GREIPEL ANDRÉ LOTTO SOUDAL 02H 25' 39'' + 00' 00''
3 BOASSON HAGEN EDVALD TEAM DIMENSION DATA 02H 25' 39'' + 00' 00''
4 BOUHANNI NACER COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS 02H 25' 39'' + 00' 00''
5 KRISTOFF ALEXANDER TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN 02H 25' 39'' + 00' 00''
6 BOZIC BORUT BAHRAIN - MERIDA 02H 25' 39'' + 00' 00''
7 CIMOLAI DAVIDE FDJ 02H 25' 39'' + 00' 00''
8 PERICHON PIERRE-LUC TEAM FORTUNEO - OSCARO 02H 25' 39'' + 00' 00''
9 SELIG RÜDIGER BORA - HANSGROHE 02H 25' 39'' + 00' 00''
10 BENNATI DANIELE MOVISTAR TEAM 02H 25' 39'' + 00' 00''

General classification

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 FROOME CHRISTOPHER TEAM SKY 86H 20' 55''
2 URAN RIGOBERTO CANNONDALE DRAPAC 86H 21' 49'' + 00' 54''
3 BARDET ROMAIN AG2R LA MONDIALE 86H 23' 15'' + 02' 20''
4 LANDA MIKEL TEAM SKY 86H 23' 16'' + 02' 21''
5 ARU FABIO ASTANA PRO TEAM 86H 24' 00'' + 03' 05''
6 MARTIN DANIEL QUICK - STEP FLOORS 86H 25' 37'' + 04' 42''
7 YATES SIMON ORICA - SCOTT 86H 27' 09'' + 06' 14''
8 MEINTJES LOUIS UAE TEAM EMIRATES 86H 29' 15'' + 08' 20''
9 CONTADOR ALBERTO TREK - SEGAFREDO 86H 29' 44'' + 08' 49''
10 BARGUIL WARREN TEAM SUNWEB 86H 30' 20'' + 09' 25''

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