Froome’s victory was built on strong riding through the entirety of the three week race, as his team shepherded through the opening stages, before attacking over the top of the Col de Peyresourde on stage eight and opening a gap on the descent with an unusual descending style.
However there was drama on the slopes of Mont Ventoux as Froome crashed in the back of a motorbike and was forced to set off on foot up the mountain.
The commissaires ruled that Froome should be given the same time as the other riders in the group when he crashed. He then further extended his lead in a time trial the following day.
The final threat to Froome’s lead came on stage 19 when he crashed in wet weather in the Alps, having to jump onto Thomas’ bike to finish the stage.