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Chris Froome secures fourth Tour de France title

Froome won his fourth Tour de France. Photo: PA

Chris Froome savoured his fourth Tour de France title as Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won stage 21 of the race in Paris.

Froome was able to enjoy the celebrations on the 103-kilometres stage from Montgeron to the Champs-Elysees before LottoNL-Jumbo's Groenewegen won in a sprint from Lotto-Soudal's Andre Greipel.

He told ITV News that his young son Kellan had inspired him to keep going during the gruelling race.

I think of my son at home shouting at the TV, going ‘Up, up, up, daddy!'

Things like that, you think about it and you’re like, I don’t want to disappoint him, I don’t want him to grow up and think I could have done better.

I want him to see that I’ve done absolutely everything I could and I’ve fought for this as hard as I could, win or lose.

– Chris Froome

He added that he was left "speechless" by the final victory ride into Paris.

"It’s so emotional being here on the Champs Elysee, even having done it three times before, it still just takes the wind out of you when you get here," he said.

"Obviously, crossing the finish line with my teammates and seeing my family...It makes all the hours of training, all the sacrifices, and all the time on the road, it makes it all worth it."

Froome on the final stage of the race. Credit: PA

Froome had effectively wrapped up his third straight Tour crown by extending his lead in Saturday's time trial in Marseille.

But while the first half of the final stage to the capital is a time for celebration, the sprint on the Champs-Elysees is arguably the most prestigious setting for any sprinter to win.

No better place then for Groenewegen to record his first career Tour stage victory.

For Greipel, second place spelled the end of a proud record - the 35-year-old had until now won at least one stage in every grand tour he took part in.

Norwegian Boasson Hagen took the last spot on the podium for the third time in this Tour, with the Team Dimension Data rider also having two second places to add to Friday's win.

Romain Bardet, Chris Froome and Rigoberto Uran celebrate on the podium. Credit: PA

Groenewegen had time to ease off as the hard-charging Greipel left it too late, while stage 19 winner Edvald Boasson Hagen finished third.

Froome's final margin of victory over former team-mate Rigoberto Uran was 54 seconds, making this the seventh-closest finish in Tour history.

Waiting for the Team Sky rider at the finish line were his wife Michelle and son Kellan.