Tour de France: Chris Froome hopeful that 2013 victory is first of many successes

Last Updated: 22/07/13 4:52pm

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Chris Froome is hopeful his Tour de France victory is the first of many after a dominant display over the past three weeks.

Froome secured his maiden Tour triumph in Paris on Sunday to become the second successive Briton to claim the yellow jersey after Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012.

And the Team Sky rider, while admitting the hard work has been worth it, paid tribute to his team-mates with whom he crossed the finish line arm-in-arm.

The 28-year-old told Sky Sports News: "It hasn't sunk in completely but it was strange waking up this morning and not having to think about what stage we've got in front of us and what mountains we've got to get over.

"It's nice to just lie back and think I can relax now.

"It's definitely been worth the hard work. It's been a real hard journey to get here and it's taken years to be able to get into this position but it's so worth it.

"I hadn't really thought past getting to the finish line but the Tour de France is special and something I'd love to come back and keep targeting in the future.

"I think in cycling it's so easy for people to get drawn towards the result achieved by the individual but it really is so much more than that.

"There's no way I would have crossed that line wearing the yellow jersey had my team-mates not been around me, so it was fitting to go over the line linked up with them and showing that this is a team sport."

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