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Chris Froome dedicated his second Tour de France victory to his Team Sky team-mates after enduring one of the toughest grand tours any rider has had to.
27 Jul 2015 - 6:58 AM  UPDATED 27 Jul 2015 - 8:08 AM

On the winner's podium in the centre of the Champs-Elysees, an emotional Froome spoke about the significance of the yellow jersey he stood there wearing.

"Of course I want to start off by thanking my team-mates. Without you guys I would not be standing up here. Richie, Wout, Ian, G, Pete, Luke, Nico and Leo - my upmost respect and gratitude. This is your yellow jersey as much as it is mine,” he said.

"Thank you to all the support staff of Team Sky. Your endless dedication and commitment is what has got us through the tough moments of this year's Tour de France. And a special mention to my coach, Tim Kerrison, and team manager Dave Brailsford.

“Thank you to my wife Michelle - your love and support are my strength and motivation. I can't wait for this next chapter of our lives to begin together with a baby boy. 

"The maillot jaune is special, very special. I understand its history, good and bad. I will always respect it. Never dishonour it, and I will always be proud to have won it. Thank you very much."

Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford put the victory into some perspective. This was the British outfit’s third success over the past four years.

"I think tactically and from a team perspective it's the best Tour we've ridden,” he said.

“The guys didn't put a foot wrong and then of course Chris finished it off. So it's very satisfying from that point of view.

"I've been doing this for 15, 16 years now and we've won a lot of Olympic medals. We've used that same methodology to come to Sky and create Team Sky, and the same methodology has worked again."

Stage 21 report
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Cherry and almond tart
Stage 21 – Sèvres - Grand Paris Seine Ouest/Paris Champs-Élysées: This appetising cherry and almond tart was traditionally made with cherries grown in orchards just outside of Paris. If fresh cherries aren’t in season, you can use frozen or tinned, but make sure you defrost or drain them to get rid of any excess liquid.