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BADREE had figures
of 4-1-9-2 in the
team s six-wicket win
over Guyana Amazon
Warriors at the
Queen s Park Oval on
"In the beginning
of Mr Abramovich
coming to Chelsea,
Chelsea was buying
the title. Now, they
are buying the title.
All of them."
on the spending by his
rivals at Manchester
City and Liverpool.
PARIS---Paris police were searching for
four occupants of a car that struck a taxi
and tried to crash barricades set up near
the Tour de France finish line yesterday
morning, drawing police fire hours before
the arrival of cyclists and spectators.
Police said they didn't suspect terrorism.
Police found the car with bullet
impacts not far from the Place de la
Concorde where police opened fire,
according to a police official and a
ranking official close to the investigation.
They asked not to be identified by name
because the investigation was ongoing.
The car carried two men and two
women, one of whom was injured on her
upper body, the ranking official said,
citing a witness at a hotel where the
group sought a glass of water for her. It
was not immediately clear if the woman
had been hit by a bullet. Tour de France
officials said the race was not affected
by the incident. Paris has been on edge
since double attacks in January by
Islamic extremists on the French satirical
newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Kosher
grocery left 20 people dead, including the
three attackers. Police had opened fire at
the Place de la Concorde, where the
cyclists make their final triumphant
rounds to conclude the race.
Police open fire on car at Tour de France barricades
PARIS---Resplendent in yellow and
riding a canary yellow bike, Chris
Froome won his second Tour de
France in three years yesterday, with
a leisurely pedal into Paris to wrap up
a spectacular three-week slog of furi-
Cheered on the Champs-Elysees
under suitably rainy skies for Britain s
third triumph in the 112-year-old race,
Froome emotionally promised in his
winner s speech never to dishonor the
yellow jersey soiled by previous dope
cheats, most infamously Lance Arm-
"The Maillot Jaune is special, very
special," he said, using the jersey s
"I understand its history, good and
bad," he said. "I will always respect it."
Froome took it easy on the last Stage
21, his work done having grimly resisted
a late assault by Nairo Quintana on his
hard-won Tour lead the previous day
on the final Alpine ascent.
As when Froome first won in 2013,
the Colombian was again runner-up,
although the margin was much smaller
this time: one minute, 12 seconds, the
tightest win since 2008.
Third-placed Alejandro Valverde,
Quintana s Movistar teammate from
Spain, made the podium for the first
time, moving up from fourth last year.
On rain-soaked roads that caused
numerous spills in the women s race
before the men rode in, the tired 160
riders---of 198 who started---didn t
bother racing for much of the largely
flat 110-kilometer (68-mile) ramble
from Sevres, in the French capital s
To minimise risk of crashes, Tour
organisers stopped the clock early, on
the first of ten laps up and down the
Champs-Elysees slick cobblestones.
That locked in Froome s lead to guar-
antee victory. He smiled broadly as he
pedaled past flag-waving spectators.
He still had to ride the 10 laps to com-
plete the full race distance of 3,360
kilometers (2,088 miles). But knowing
the title was his, he didn t have to panic
when a paper bag got stuck in his back
wheel. He simply stopped and changed
bikes. He also had time to raise a glass
of Champagne in the saddle and stop
to put on a raincoat under the iconic
While sprinters dashed ahead for the
stage win---snatched by Andre Greipel,
his fourth and Germany s sixth at this
Tour---Froome and his teammates,
wearing yellow stripes on their shorts
and helmets, linked together, arms over
each other s shoulders, and pedaled
slowly over the line.
"This is your yellow jersey as much
as it is mine," Froome said.
Their powerful riding, chasing rivals
in the mountains and protecting Froome
on flats, was vital.
So, too, was the meticulous planning
of Dave Brailsford, the organisational
brains at Froome s Team Sky. Having
set the goal in 2009 of nurturing
Britain s first Tour winner within five
years, Sky has won three of the last
four: Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and now
Froome s two.
That puts Britain on a par with the
United States, with three from Greg
LeMond---and minus seven stripped
For all the pre-Tour talk of a possible
four-way battle between Froome, Quin-
tana, 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali
and two-time winner Alberto Contador,
only the 25-year-old Colombian---who
again won the Tour s white jersey as
the best young rider---gave the yellow
jersey a run for his 450,000 euros
($494,000) in prize money.
"He s a great rival," Quintana said of
Froome. "He suffered a lot to win."
With more experience and more
smarts in the first week when he lost
too much time, Quintana would have
posed a bigger threat and perhaps come
closer to becoming the first Colombian
This Tour was mountain-heavy, suit-
ing Quintana s climbing strengths.
Future Tours could have more time tri-
als, which Froome excels at. Their
developing rivalry, with youth on Quin-
tana s side against the 30-year-old
Froome, could help the sport win back
fans disgusted by systematic deceit of
Armstrong s era.
"I have lots of years ahead of me,"
Totaled up, Quintana took more time
off Froome on the Tour s high mountain
climbs than the other way around.
Yet the Colombian didn t have to
contend with the scrutiny, doubt and
thinly-veiled suggestions of doping that
Froome was forced to respond to on
an almost daily basis, mostly with
patience but also with a touch of bristle
as the race wore on.
Such was his strength, it s no longer
a stretch to imagine Froome soon join-
ing the elite group of just seven riders
who won three Tours or more. The
record of five wins---achieved by Jacques
Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault
and Miguel Indurain---is still far off.
Leisurely pedal into Paris
...as Froome earns 2nd Tour de France title
2015 Tour de France cycling race winner Chris Froome of Britain is embraced by his wife Michelle after the twenty-first and
last stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 109.5 kilometres (68 miles) with start in Sevres and finish in Paris, France,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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