Cheers! Chris Froome fetches a round of Leffe beers from the team car to share with his eight Tour de France team mates
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In the past, riders on the team of the winner have traditionally had a glass of Champagne as they gently roll along after the start of the final stage into Paris.
Froome himself went back to the Sky team car and filled up his back pocket with bottles of Belgian Leffe beer – a favourite of Northern European cycling fans and evidently riders too.
It’s only right and proper at this point that Cycling Weekly notes that the use of glass bottles or containers of any kind is against Tour de France regulation Article 6(b): “Carrying or using glass containers is strictly forbidden”.
Traditionalists need not fear at the appearance of hops-based refreshment, as Froome was also filmed later on enjoying a glass of Champagne. Hopefully it was more a ceremonial tipple, and that he didn’t neck the lot before tackling the multiple dizzying laps of the Champs Élysées in Paris.
Barring any unforeseen disaster later in the stage, Froome is set to take his third Tour de France victory, having previously won in 2013 and 2015. He will become the first rider to win consecutive editions of the Tour since Miguel Indurain in 1995.
All nine members of the Sky team started the final stage of the Tour, and rode arm-in-arm during the opening neutralised section of the final stage out of Chantilly, posing for photographs.
The high jinx continued later in the stage when Nairo Quintana (Movistar) put in a mock attack on the final categorised climb of the race… but was promptly pipped to the line by Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff).
Sky donned a special edition black-and-yellow kit rather than the usual black-and-blue strip to commemorate the occasion. Froome rode a yellow Pinarello Dogma F8 team bike, and the squad’s Ford Mustang following car was also wrapped in yellow.
Froome and his Sky team-mates are likely to finish either in or just behind the peloton when it rolls across the line in Paris, with a bunch sprint expected in sunny and warm conditions.