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Sport Minister calls for a Tour de France race for women

A Tour de France race for women should be introduced, Sport Minister Hugh Robertson has said.

Britain's Chris Froome won the 2013 Tour de France. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The minister said he would do everything he could to make sure women are included in cycling's elite event after Labour called for a women's race to be included in the 2014 Tour - which will begin in Yorkshire.

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During culture, media and sport questions, Mr Robertson said: "The slight complication about the Tour de France is that it's run by a private organisation and not by the international federation.

"Clearly it therefore exists on sponsorship and other things so there are a number of factors to sort out.

"But the central point is absolutely correct. This should be competed for by men and women alike and I will do everything I can to help that."

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Tour de France winner receives royal message

Chris Froome takes to the podium after winning the Tour de France. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The Queen has sent a private message to Chris Froome congratulating him on winning the Tour de France, Buckingham Palace announced today.

The Kenyan-born Briton won the 100th edition of the famous race on Sunday to become the second British rider to win in consecutive years after Sir Bradley Wiggins' triumph in 2012.

Petition calls for the return of women's Tour de France

Over 62,000 people have signed a petition calling for the return of the women's Tour de France.

The petition, which had 62,683 signatures by 2pm today, accused road cycling of being one of the "worst offenders" for sporting inequality, and called for women to be on the starting line for the 101st tour in 2014.

Britain's former world champion and Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley is among the riders who have signed a petition to bring back the event last held in 2009.

Britain's former Olympic silver medallist Emma Pooley has signed the petition to bring back the event. Credit: John Giles/PA Archive

While describing the move as a "great idea", British Cycling President Brian Cookson did warn that the race may need to be modified for women and may face "logistical problems".

The call comes a day after Chris Froome became Britain's second consecutive winner of the famous race.

Froome says team mate's hip fracture tops his Tour win

Tour de France winner Chris Froome has told ITV News "the story" of this year's centenary race is not his victory but his team mate Geraint Thomas making it to Paris after a horror crash on the first stage.

"If you ever had two minutes alone with Geraint he'd get his phone out and show you the fracture on his pelvis," Froome joked as he paid tribute to his fellow Team Sky riders.

Froome also told Lewis Vaughan Jones how he felt waking up as a Tour winner, what his late mother would have made of his success and why he accepts drugs questions despite racing clean.

Froome writes himself into cycling history with Tour de France victory

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Froome's journey from dirt tracks to Paris podium

by James Jordan - News Editor
Chris Froome takes to the podium after winning the Tour de France.
Chris Froome takes to the podium after winning the Tour de France. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

Taking of his early cycling career in Kenya, Tour de France winner Chris Froome said, "I hope that it represents the journey it's taken me to get here from riding dirt tracks on mountain bikes to the top step of the podium in Paris".

Read: Froome's tribute to teammates

Froome: Yorkshire Tour de France start 'exciting'

by James Jordan - News Editor

Asked about next year's Tour de France, which starts in Yorkshire, current champion Chris Froome called it "an exciting element".

Chris Froome rides through Paris during the final stage of the Tour de France.
Chris Froome rides through Paris during the final stage of the Tour de France. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

"I'm trying not to think about next year too much, but it's going to be massive to be in Britain and Yorkshire," he added.

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Froome pays tribute to Tour de France teammates

by James Jordan - News Editor

After just three hours sleep, the new Tour de France champion Chris Froome spoke to ITV News.

He paid tribute to the hard work of his teammates, especially Geraint Thomas, who rode most of the Tour with a cracked pelvis.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome speaks to ITV News' Lewis Vaughan Jones.
Tour de France champion Chris Froome speaks to ITV News' Lewis Vaughan Jones. Credit: ITV News/Lewis Vaughan Jones

Froome told ITV News reporter Lewis Vaughan Jones: "It was the story of the Tour. If he had two minutes he'd tell you all about it, get his phone out and show you the pictures of his fractured pelvis.

"There's no way we could have got to Paris without them [Team Sky]. We lost two teammates along the way.

"For him [Thomas] to continue after the crash, with a fractured pelvis, in a great deal of pain, was amazing".

Chris Froome dominates the headlines

Chris Froome appears on the front page of almost all today's papers.
Chris Froome appears on the front page of almost all today's papers. Credit: Daily Mirror

Most of today's papers have hailed Chris Froome, winner of this year's Tour de France, however some of the papers have also found room to celebrate England's triumph in the second Ashes test.

Chris Froome appears on the front page of almost all today's papers.
Chris Froome appears on the front page of almost all today's papers. Credit: The Daily Telegraph

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Chris Froome appears on the front page of almost all today's papers.
Chris Froome appears on the front page of almost all today's papers. Credit: The Times
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