As he stood on the podium, Tour de France winner Chris Froome dedicated his triumph to his late mother.
He said: "I would like to dedicate this win to my late mother. Without her encouragement to follow my dreams, I would probably be at home watching this event on television.
"It's a great shame she never got to see the tour, but I am sure she would be extremely proud if she was here tonight."
Victorious Chris Froome has said the final stage of the Tour de France was an "amazing" and "fitting" way to end the centenary race:
Chris Froome said that coming over the line to win the Tour de France arm in arm with his team mates brought tears to his eyes.
He told ITV Sport: "It brought tears to my eyes going over the line with guys like that. I expected it to be big, but this is something else."
Marcel Kittel beat Mark Cavendish to the line in Paris to end the Manxman's run of consecutive victories on the final stage of the Tour de France.
Cavendish had won four in a row on the Champs Elysees but could only manage third place tonight behind Kittel and his fellow German Andre Greipel.
Behind, Team Sky crossed the line arm-in-arm as they celebrated Chris Froome's Tour win.
A brilliant win by @chrisfroome. After two British winners it's only right the Tour de France comes to Yorkshire next year.
Britain's Chris Froome won the 100th edition of the Tour de France finishing safely in the bunch on the 21st and final stage of the three-week race, a 133.5-km ride from Versailles to Paris which was won by Germany's Marcel Kittel.
The Kenyan-born rider led Colombia's Nairo Quintana in the overall standings, with Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez third.
Team Sky lost time on the final stage owing to a plan to cross the finishing line arm in arm and together as a team.
Chris Froome has won the Tour de France as he held onto the Yellow Jersey on the ride into Paris. He has become the second Briton to win in two years following Bradley Wiggins' win last year.
Paris has turned red white and blue as fans draped flags and colours around the city as Chris Froome rides for victory.
With around 70km left to ride, Team Sky are at the head of the race as they turn into the Champs-Élysées.