Congratulations to Chris Froome, and The Sky Team, for making history by being the first Briton to win the Tour de France twice. Team Sky's initial aim in 2010 was to "create the first British winner of the Tour de France within five years" so it is testament to Dave Brailsford and the wider team that they have managed this 3 times with Bradley Wiggins taking the title in 2012.
Despite a tough campaign, on and off the bike, with allegations of doping coming mainly from the French media, Froome - speaking to the Guardian - had this to say about winning the title: “This race is so big, what can I say? It’s hard to express the feelings in my heart. It was a very, very hard Tour this year, on the bike and off it. I’m too emotional to say much. It was difficult, there was some stress, but I didn’t get too angry.”
Brailsford, not known for existing too long in celebrations, already has his sights on the next challenge saying that “The one thing we haven’t managed to do is get someone to win the Tour de France back to back,” which was last achieved in 1994 and 1995 by Spanish cyclist, Miguel Indurain.
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