Saturday 27 December 2014

Froome's Tour victory 'monumental'

Published 21/07/2013 | 21:27

Chris Froome's "brilliant" Tour de France victory has been praised by everyone from fellow sports stars to politicians.

Britain has scored the impressive feat of producing two riders who have won the Tour de France in consecutive years with Sir Bradley Wiggins and now 28-year-old Froome.

David Cameron and Ed Miliband took to Twitter to congratulate the cyclist on his win, with the Prime Minister tweeting: "A brilliant win by @chrisfroome. After two British winners it's only right the Tour de France comes to Yorkshire next year."

The Number 10 Twitter account added that Froome's win "Confirms British dominance in cycling".

Ed Miliband described the epic three-week road race victory as "fantastic", adding: "Another brilliant day for British cycling."

Six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy said earlier that Froome's victory is a "huge achievement", adding that Britain's back-to-back wins are "monumental".

"It is a huge achievement and I almost feel sorry for Chris because people are almost getting blase about it," Sir Chris said. "People think it is another British winner so that is what we should expect - but if you take a step back and get some perspective, you can see what a monumental achievement it is for him to have done this.

Speaking at the National Lottery Anniversary Run at London's Olympic Stadium, he said: "For Britain to have two riders winning the Tour de France back-to-back is fantastic for British cycling. Just a few years ago we did not have anyone who could podium but now we have two cyclists who can win the Tour in consecutive years, it is a phenomenal achievement and what Chris has done is phenomenal."

Sir Bradley pulled out of this year's race through injury, meaning that his Kenyan-born fellow Team Sky rider immediately became the hot favourite to bring home the honours. Sir Chris said: "Last year was Bradley's year and this year is Chris's."

Meanwhile, Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson said: "Congratulations to Chris Froome, Dave Brailsford and all at Team Sky for Froome's fantastic Tour De France win. He rode superbly for three weeks and no doubt will have inspired even more people to participate in cycling."

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