Froome wins!

Chris Froome is the first African-born cyclist to ever win the Tour de France race.

Tour de France 2013 winner Britain's Chris Froome poses at the end of the 133.5 km 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on 21 July 2013. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Chris Froome has been crowned champion of the 100th edition of the Tour De France.

Froome is the first African-born cyclist to ever win the race.

The old St John's College boy is on front pages around the world this morning after the massive win.

Team Sky's Froome, the winner of three stages, took the yellow jersey in 4 minutes 20 seconds.

The cyclist was born in Kenya, schooled at St Johns in Houghton from age 14 is a British citizen who lives in Monaco.

Speaking after the race, he said he grew up riding dusty landscapes in Kenya.

"I never dreamt he'll be standing on the podium staring down the Champs-Élysées having won the biggest race in the cycling calendar."

He said it was a special edition of the Tour de France race this year.

"Every day I woke up knowing I faced a fresh challenge. I have to thank all my tame mates for helping me achieve this dream."

Car hooters and sirens were heard into the early hours of Monday morning as people from all over the world took to the streets to celebrate the conclusion of the race

The main streets of Paris were locked down and thousands of spectators lined the streets ahead of Sunday night's first ever dusk finish to the Tour de France.

Froome dominated the race from stage eight when he took over the yellow jersey from Daryl Impey, who was the first South African to wear it.

"This is one yellow jersey that will stand the test of time," Froome said in his podium speech, in a reference to the many doping scandals the sport has struggled with.

Froome is the first tour champion to be crowned since Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven titles for doping and some of his performances in the race were inevitably greeted with suspicion.

"I'm glad I've had to face those questions after all the revelations of the last year. I'm glad that's been channelled towards me."

Froome thanked his team and fiancé Michelle.

He dedicated his victory to his late mother.


Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford, anticipating the skepticism around the Tour in the wake of the Armstrong scandal, said, "When you think about the future of cycling, you see that it is in good hands with Chris.

"He is an outstanding man. I have no doubt on his victory. We are in a transition period with all these young riders who have not lived the doping era."

Froome follows on from compatriot and team mate Bradley Wiggins who sat out of this year's race for health reasons.