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July 22, 2013

Tour de France 100th edition: Part two

The historic 100th edition of the Tour de France came to a conclusion yesterday on the tree-lined Champs-Elysees in Paris with Christopher Froome of Great Britain retaining the overall lead to win his first yellow jersey. The second half of the race, heavy on climbing, with five mountain stages, took the riders to the top of Mont Ventoux and on two ascents of the legendary Alpe d'Huez. The final stage ended as the first, with German sprinter Marcel Kittel in front. -- Lloyd Young ( 35 photos total)

Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, toasts with Sky Procycling team manager David Brailsford of Britain, rear left, during the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, on July 21. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press)

Marcel Kittel of Germany, center, crosses the finish line ahead of Britain's Marc Cavendish , left, Andre Greipel of Germany, right, and Peter Sagan of Slovakia, rear in green, to win the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. (Laurent Rebours/Associated Press) #

The pack rides at Paris' landmark Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees avenue during the 133.5 km twenty-first and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 21 between Versailles and Paris. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #

Tour de France 2013 winner Britain's Christopher Froome celebrates with teammates on the Champs-Elysee avenue in Paris, after crossing the finish line of the 133.5 km twenty-first and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 2. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #

The pack rides at the Col du Galibier, on July 23 during the 210,5 km seventeenth stage of the 2008 Tour de France cycling race run between Embrun and L'Alpe d'Huez. Spanish co-team leader Carlos Sastre won ahead of Spanish Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez and Luxembourger Andy Schleck. (Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images) #

Supporters wait for riders on the top of a mountain during the 204.5 km nineteenth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 19 between Bourg-d'Oisans and Le Grand-Bornand, French Alps. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #

France's Thomas Voeckler is about to cross the finish line at the end of the 33 km individual time-trial and eleventh stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 10 between Avranches and Mont-Saint-Michel, northwestern France. (Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images) #

A fan of Australia's Cadel Evans waves an Australian flag bearing his image with the overall leader's yellow jersey as riders pass during the 20th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 125 kilometers (78.1 miles) with start in in Annecy and finish in Annecy-Semnoz, France, on July 20. (Laurent Cipriani/Associated Press) #

Britain's Christopher Froome celebrates his overall leader yellow jersey on the podium at the end of the 32 km individual time-trial and seventeenth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 17 between Embrun and Chorges, southeastern France. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #

Bauke Mollema of The Netherlands, front, speeds down Sarenne pass during the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 172.5 kilometers (107.8 miles) with start in Gap and finish in Alpe-d'Huez, France on July 18. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press) #

The pack rides during the 168 km sixteenth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 16 between Vaison-la-Romaine and Gap. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #

Arthur Vichot of France and FDJ.FR, right, and Luis Angel Mate Mardonnes of Spain and Cofidis in action during stage fourteen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 191KM road stage from Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule to Lyon, on July 13 in Lyon, France. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) #

New Zealand's Gregory Henderson lies on the ground after falling during the 218 km twelfth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 11. (Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images) #

Christophe Riblon of France and Team AG2R La Mondiale reacts as he crosses the finish line to win stage eighteen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 172.5KM road stage from Gap to l'Alpe d'Huez, on July 18. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) #

Lotto-Belisol team rider Adam Hansen of Australia drinks a glass of beer as he climbs the Alpe d'Huez mountain during the 172.5km eighteenth stage of the centenary Tour de France. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters) #

A spectator, left, makes another spectator trip and fall as he runs alongside second place Tejay van Garderen of the as he climbs Alpe-d'Huez pass during the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France. (Pascal Guyot via Pool photo) #

Race leader Yellow jersey holder Team Sky rider Christopher Froome of Britain cycles among a group of riders climbing the Alpe d'Huez mountain during the 172.5km eighteenth stage of the centenary Tour de France cycling race from Gap to l'Alpe d'Huez, in the French Alps on July 18. (Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters) #

Sky procycling team rider Richie Porte of Australia in action during the 18th stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France 2013 cycling race between Gap and Alpe d'Huez. (Bernard Papon via Pool photo) #

Sweden's Ake Johansson, left, and a friend climb L'Epine pass on a self-made tandem bicycle during the nineteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 204.5 kilometers (127.8 miles) with start in in Bourg-d'Oisans and finish in Le Grand-Bornand, France, on July 19. (Peter Dejong/Associated Press) #

Dutch cycling fans cheers as Sep Vanmarcke of Belgium passes curve number 7, also known as the Dutch curve during the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 172.5 kilometers (107.8 miles) with start in Gap and finish in Alpe-d'Huez, France, on July 18. (Thibault Camus/Associated Press) #

A spectator gives a thumbs down as stage winner Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia climb Mont Ventoux pass during the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 242.5 kilometers (150.7 miles) with start in in Givors and finish on the summit of Mont Ventoux pass, France, on July 14. The riders climbed to an altitude of 1912 meters (6,273 Feet) tackling Mont Ventoux pass at the end of the longest stage of the 100th Tour de France edition. (Jeff Pachoud via Pool photo) #

Saxo-Tinkoff procycling team rider Alberto Contador of Spain in action after changing his bicycle during the 18th stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France between Gap and Alpe d'Huez,on July 18. (Yoan Valat/European Pressphoto Agency) #

The peloton rides on stage ten of the 2013 Tour de France, a 197KM road stage from St-Gildas-des-Bois to Saint Malo, on July 9. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) #

Riders make theiir way up the slopes of Mont Ventoux during stage fifteen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 242.5KM road stage from Givors to Mont Ventoux, on July 14. ( Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

Spain's Alberto Contador, left, and his teammate Czech Republic's Roman Kreuziger grimace before crossing the finish line at the end of the 242.5 km fifteenth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 14 between Givors and Mont Ventoux, southeastern France. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #

The media scrum surrounds best young rider Nairo Quintana of Colombia and Movistar Team after he wins stage twenty of the 2013 Tour de France, a 125KM road stage from Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz, on July 20 in Annecy, France. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY Procycling rides in a paceline amongst his team-mates during stage sixteen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 168KM road stage from Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap on July 16 Gap, France. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

The pack rides in the Col de Sarenne during the 172.5 km eighteenth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 18 between Gap and Alpe-d'Huez, French Alps. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #

New Zealand's Jack Bauer lies on the grass injured after falling during the 204.5 km nineteenth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 19 between Bourg-d'Oisans and Le Grand-Bornand, French Alps. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #

A supporter holds a French national flag as overall leader's yellow jersey Britain's Christopher Froome rides during the 125 km twentieth stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 20 between Annecy and Annecy-Semnoz, French Alps. (Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images) #

The pack with Michael Rogers of Australia, front, Roman Kreuziger of the Czech Republic, in second position, Spain's Alberto Contador in third position, and Bauke Mollema of The Netherlands, left in green, climbs la Croix Fry pass in a downpour during the nineteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 204.5 kilometers (127.8 miles) with start in in Bourg-d'Oisans and finish in Le Grand-Bornand, France, on July 19. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press) #

Spain's Alberto Contador, with number 91, says thanks to Alejandro Valverde of Spain, with number 121, as they cross the finish line with Bauke Mollema of The Netherlands, left, and Roman Kreuziger of the Czech Republic, of the sixteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 168 kilometers (105 miles) with start in in Vaison-la-Romaine and finish in Gap, France, on July 16. (Laurent Rebours/Associated Press) #

Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY Procycling rides on his way to finishing first during stage seventeen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 32KM Individual Time Trial from Embrun to Chorges on July 17 in Chorges, France. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) #

Movistar procycling team rider Nairo Quintana, center, of Colombia, Katusha procycling team rider Joaquim Rodriguez (rear) of Spain and Sky procycling team rider Christopher Froome (front) of Britain, in action during the 18th stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France 2013 cycling race between Gap and Alpe d'huez, France, July 18. (Yoan Valat/European Pressphoto Agency) #

Winner of the 2013 Tour de France, Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY Procycling shares a joke with the children of third placed Joaquin 'Purito' Rodriguez of Spain and Team Katusha on the podium after the twenty first and final stage of the 2013 Tour de France, a processional 133.5KM road stage ending in an evening race around the Champs-Elysees, on July 21 in Paris, France. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) #



 
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