Froome wins Tour but future bright for Dennis & Porte
27 July 2015
Chris Froome has won the 2015 Tour de France after the final stage sprung no surprises as the British rider cruised into Paris on Sunday.
Andre Greipel won the final stage on the Champs Elysee, his fourth on this year's tour, after out-sprinting Bryan Coquard of France and Norway's Alexander Kristoff.
Froome gained the yellow jersey at the end of stage six and built a health lead over his main rivals.
Nairo Quintana, who finished second behind the Brit and claimed the young riders classification, reduced the gap over the final mountain stages but could only get within one minute and 12 seconds of Froome.
Michael Rogers was Australia's best placed finisher in the general classification after the three-time Olympian finished in 36th.
The most positive signs on the Tour for Australia came from London 2012 track silver medalist Rohan Dennis. The South Australian won the individual time trial on the opening day of the 2015 Tour and also won the team time trial with BMC.
Dennis will be well in contention to represent Australia and push for a medal in the road cycling events at the 2016 Games.
Alongside him in the green in gold in Rio will likely be Richie Porte who was a major part of ensuring Froome stood on the winner's podium in Paris.
Porte is rumoured to be leaving Team Sky for BMC in 2016 as he looks to become a leader of his own team and goes in search of a major Tour win of his own.
If he is one of the top riders at next year's Tour de France he will head to Rio as one of the medal favourites.
Chris Froome has all but sealed his second Tour de France victory after finishing the penultimate stage with a lead of just over one minute.
Thibaut Pinot of France claimed the stage victory, beating home Colombia's Nairo Quintana by 18 seconds and Canada's Ryder Hesjedal by 41 seconds.
After looking comfortable since claiming the yellow jersey, Quintana pushed Froome over the final mountain stages to continually cut into the Brit's lead.
It all seems too little too late though as the Tour's run into Paris gives Quintana no real chance to reduce the lead any further.
Richie Porte finished the stage in seventh just over two minutes back with Michael Rogers, 36th, Australia's highest placed rider in the general classification.
2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali won the 19th stage of the Tour de France after escaping from yellow jersey wearer Chris Froome in the Alps.
Nibali defeated Nairo Quintana by 44 seconds and Froome by one minute 14 seconds.
The result saw Nibali move into fourth overall, still six minutes and 44 seconds off Froome, while second-placed Quintana moved to within three minutes of the lead.
Michael Rogers and Adam Hansen were the best placed Aussies on the stage, finshing 22 minutes off the pace.
Rogers is Australia's best placed rider in the overall classification. He currently occupies 34th in the standings.
Chris Froome lost no time on his main rivals to Tour glory on the 18th stage of the 2015 event as Romain Bardet claimed the stage victory in Saint Jean de Marienne.
Bardet beat fellow Frenchman Pierre Rolland by 33 seconds with the main general classification riders all coming in just over three minutes back.
The result saw Froome retain a commanding three minute lead on Colombia's Nairo Quintana.
Australia's Richie Porte, Michael Rogers and Michael Matthews finished together just under 19 minutes back.
German Simon Geschke took out the 17th stage of the Tour de France after heading out on his own with 50km to go and never being caught.
USA's Andrew Talansky finished second 32 seconds off the pace with Colombia's Rigoberto Uran third just over a minute behind the German.
Tour leader Chris Froome repelled a series of attacks from closest challenger Nairo Quintana to retain his lea of just over three minutes.
USA's Tejay van Garderen, who was third overall at the start of the stage, had to withdraw from the race with illness.
Froome's right-hand man Richie Porte was Australia's best placed finisher on the stage in 28th, while Michael Rogers is the best placed Aussie in the overall standings - 34th.