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Chris Froome wraps up Tour de France win

Chris Froome is the second straight British winner of the Tour de France.

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Chris Froome is the second straight British winner of the Tour de France.

PARIS — I won't let you down like Lance Armstrong. This Tour de France champion is for real.

That, in so many words, is the promise Chris Froome made as the newest winner of cycling's showcase race, whose reputation has been hurt by doping revelations.

Because of that, Froome faced a series of questions as he dominated three weeks of racing, all centered on the same concern: Can we believe in you?

Yes, he insisted; the sport is changing. He handled the scrutiny politely and adroitly. He said he understood the skepticism. And on the podium in Paris, his wiry frame wrapped in his canary yellow jersey, Froome asked the guardians of the 110-year-old race and all those who love it to trust him.

"This is one yellow jersey that will stand the test of time," he said.

In two years, Britain has had two winners: Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and now Froome, a cooler, calmer, more understated but no less determined character than his sideburned Sky teammate.

Froome rode into Paris in style: Riders pedaled up to him to offer congratulations; he sipped from a flute of champagne; a Tour organizer stuck an arm from his car window to shake Froome's hand. He dedicated his victory to his mother, Jane, who died in 2008.

"Without her encouragement to follow my dreams I would probably be at home watching on TV," he said.

Froome took the race lead on Stage 8 in the Pyrenees, never relinquished it and vigorously fended off rivals. Froome and his Sky teammates linked arms as they rode for the line.

"This is a beautiful country with the finest annual sporting event on the planet. To win the 100th edition is an honor beyond any I've dreamed," he said.

Five-time winners Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain joined Froome on the podium. Missing, of course, was Armstrong, who was stripped of his seven wins.

None of the 100th edition's podium finishers — Froome, Nairo Quintana and Joaquim Rodriguez — has failed a drug test or been implicated. That is a notable departure both from the Armstrong era and many other Tour podiums before and since.

"In a way, I'm glad that I've had to face those questions. That after all the revelations last year and just the tarnished history over the last decade, all that's been channeled toward me now," Froome said. "I feel I've been able to deal with it reasonably well throughout this Tour, and hopefully that's sent a strong message to the cycling world that the sport has changed — and it really has."

"The peloton's standing together, the riders are united and it's not going to be accepted anymore."

Chris Froome wraps up Tour de France win 07/21/13 [Last modified: Sunday, July 21, 2013 9:39pm]
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