Froome overhauls Kennaugh to win tour

Chris Froome

Chris Froome recently extended his contract with Team Sky until the end of 2018

Chris Froome has won the Herald Sun Tour in Australia after overhauling fellow Briton and Team Sky team-mate Peter Kennaugh on the final stage.

Two-time Tour de France winner Froome was 13 seconds behind Kennaugh at the end of the third stage, but finished 29 seconds in front of his compatriot.

Froome produced a solo push on the 121.8-km fourth stage on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria to win.

Kennaugh ended the final stage in seventh but was second overall.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” said Froome, who won the King of the Mountains jersey.

“I put in a lot of hard yards this winter, which obviously hasn’t been easy with a new family starting and everything back home. A massive thank you to my family for giving me the support I need to do this job.”

He added: “Kennaugh had a good day but he also gave me the all-clear from behind. Massive thanks to Pete for doing that.”

Stage four result:

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 2hrs 58mins 44secs

2. Damien Howson ((Aus/Orica-GreenEdge) +17secs

3. Jonathan Clarke (Aus/United Healthcare) +21secs

4. Christopher Hamilton (Aus/KordaMentha) +29secs

5. Robbie Hucker (Aus/Avanti IsoWhey) same time

6. Jack Haig (Aus/Orica-GreenEdge) same time

7. Peter Kennaugh (GB/Team Sky) +32secs

8. Jack Bobridge (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +36secs

9. Anthony Giacoppo (Aus/Avanti IsoWhey) +41secs,

10. Dion Smith (NZ/ONE Pro Cycling) +43secs

Final standings:

1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 12hrs 53mins 00secs

2. Peter Kennaugh (GB/Team Sky) +29secs

3. Damien Howson (Aus/Orica-GreenEdge) +1min 01secs

4. Jack Bobridge (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +1min 04secs

5. Jack Haig (Aus/Orica-GreenEdge) +1min 14secs

6. Jonathan Clarke (Aus/United Healthcare) +1min 15secs

7. Robbie Hucker (Aus/Avanti IsoWhey) +1min 20secs

8. Christopher Hamilton (Aus/KordaMentha) +1min 23secs

9. Anthony Giacoppo (Aus/Avanti IsoWhey) +1min 32secs

10. Dion Smith (NZ/ONE Pro) same time

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/35515634

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