Chris Froome has dedicated his third Tour de France victory to his infant son Kellan and has also sent a message of support to the French people following the Bastille Day attack in Nice that killed 84 people and injured hundreds more.
Speaking after crossing the line on the Champs-Elysees arm in arm with his Team Sky colleagues at the end of the three-week race, Froome said: “My son Kellan: this victory is for you.
"My thoughts go again to those who lost their lives in the tragedy in Nice. The values of sport are so important to a free society.
"We all love the Tour de France. We love the Tour because it's unpredictable. But we love the more for what stays the same: the passion of the fans from every nation along the road side, the beauty of the French countryside and the bonds of friendship created through a true sport.
"These things will never change."
Those aspects highlighted by the three-time winner are evident in the video above, running through all 21 stages of what has been an enthralling and often dramatic race.
"Just one more thing," Froome added, before switching to French.
"Merci pour votre gentillesse pendant ces difficiles semaines. Vive le Tour et vive la France! [Thank you for your kindness during these difficult weeks. Long live the Tour and long live France!]"
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.