Sky's the limit as Chris Froome wins third Tour de France

Chris Froome of Team Sky has won the Tour de France for the third time in four years after completing the final stage in Paris, won by Andre Greipel of Lotto-Soudal, the second year running the German has triumphed on cycling's most iconic finish line.

The Team Sky rider, who won the 2013 and 2015 races, is the first man to defend the legendary title in more than 20 years and the first Brit to win the title three times.

Unlike Merckx, but similar to disgraced former champion Lance Armstrong (who won seven Tours but has had his name erased from the record books over doping), Froome's focus is very much on the Tour, and the Tour alone. "My joy is enormous, for me and for the team, but I'm yet to realise what happened".

He said: "It's been a great project to be involved in and all the Tours de France we've won".

Romain Bardet (AG2R) 3. He was favored to win in 2014 but crashed out of the race during the first week.

Froome, riding for Team Sky, entered the day with a healthy lead after negotiating rainy roads during Saturday's next-to-last stage in the Alps.

PARIS (AP) - After the beer and champagne celebrations, Chris Froome delivered a sobering and emotional message from the Tour de France winner's podium on the Champs-Elysees.

Yet that's not to say this was a Tour without challenges or drama for the Kenyan born rider - far from it.

Froome deliberately delayed hitting top form in the Tour until its final week to ensure he would maintain peak condition ahead of next month's Olympic road race time-trial.

Froome himself described it as "a climber's Tour" but the man widely lauded as the best climber in the world and expected to push him to his limits, frustrated with his timidity.

This year's leader, Mikel Landa, left the Giro early through illness as another edition slipped by, so Team Sky will now have to start thinking about the 2017 race and, in particular, which rider would give them the best chance of victory. However, it was his unerring consistency in the stages between that extended his lead and kept the likes of Bardet and Quintana at bay.

His attacks on descents and in the crosswinds may have been more dramatic, but the stage where Froome gained the most time over his rivals and put them all well out of sight was the individual time trial.

"Mark Cavendish, who of course has been back training with the Great Britain Cycling Team in preparations for the track in Rio, is in magnificent form and I don't think there is a cycling fan in the world who doesn't love seeing Steve Cummings race". Three stage wins, sprinting with the best on flat finishes and short uphill ones, escaping in break-aways and attacking in cross-winds, Sagan was a whirlwind of activity at the Tour, deservedly winning the award for most combative rider.

Majka, who is a Tinkoff team-mate of Sagan, won the polka dot king of the mountains jersey for a second time, beating Thomas de Gendt by 79 points.

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