Froome celebrates third Tour de France victory

Chris Froome celebrates with a glass of champagne during the final stage of the Tour de France
Chris Froome celebrates with a glass of champagne during the final stage of the Tour de France

Andre Greipel won the final stage of the 2016 Tour de France as Chris Froome crossed the line arm-in-arm with his Team Sky team-mates to confirm his third Tour title.

German Greipel, also the winner in Paris 12 months ago, pipped the late-charging world champion Peter Sagan to the line in the traditional sprint on the Champs-Elysees after racing clear of Norway's Alexander Kristoff on the run-in.

French hope Bryan Coquard was denied the chance to go for victory as he was held up by a late mechanical.

Froome was met just after the finish line by his wife Michelle and son Kellan as the celebrations began in earnest.

Froome had been able to enjoy the traditional procession into Paris, sipping champagne and drinking from a bottle of beer, before the sprinters got their moment in the capital.

There were late dramas, with Etixx-QuickStep's Marcel Kittel hit by a mechanical problem about 30km from the finish of this 113km stage from Chantilly while Coquard pulled over with a puncture with the finish line almost in sight.

Kristoff attacked first but Greipel, with his Lotto-Soudal lead-out train doing its job on the final approach, burst clear to make sure he did not leave this Tour empty-handed.

Froome becomes only the eighth man, not counting the disgraced Lance Armstrong, to win three or more Tours and will now have his sights set on the record of five jointly held by Jacques Anquetil, Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault and Eddy Merckx.

The 31-year-old had effectively sealed victory by staying upright on Saturday's stage 20 to Morzine ahead of Sunday's largely processional stage.

With a four-minute advantage in his pocket he was able to sit up and enjoy the moment with his team-mates, conceding time in the final metres to leave him with a final winning margin of two minutes and 52 seconds over Frenchman Romain Bardet.