Froome: An amazing feeling
Chris Froome outlines his ambition to claim more yellow jerseys in the years to come.
Last Updated: 21/07/13 1:09pm
Chris Froome described all but winning the Tour de France as 'an amazing feeling' and outlined his ambition to claim more yellow jerseys in the years to come.
The British rider only needs to avoid a crash on Sunday's 21st stage into Paris to become Team Sky's second successive winner of cycling's biggest bike race.
It will be the culmination of a dominant three weeks from the 28-year-old in which he has excelled in both the mountains and two individual time trials, and comes only five and a half seasons after turning professional.
Froome said: "For me, what this represents, the journey I have taken to get here, from where I started, riding on a little mountain bike on dirt roads back in Kenya, to be here right in yellow in the Tour de France, the biggest event on our cycling calendar, it is difficult for me to put into words. This is an amazing feeling. Absolutely amazing.
"This really has been an amazing journey for me. The race has been a fight - every single day something different: crosswinds, rain, good days in the mountains, bad days in the mountains.
"This Tour really has had everything thrown as us. It is only fitting for the 100th edition that it really has been a special edition."
Froome has outclassed his rivals in every discipline of the race, and the nature of his victory suggests he could go on to dominate the Tour in a manner similar to legends such as Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault.
He insists that will be dependent on the courses of future Tours, and the decisions of the team's performance staff, but admits he is keen to establish a legacy in the race.
"I would love to come back and keep targeting the Tour every year," he said. "I am 28 now. Most cyclists come into their prime around their early 30s.
More yellow jerseys
"I would love to come back and keep contending for the Tour as long as I can and as long as I have the motivation."
Froome admitted the realisation that he had finally won the Tour de France dawned on him just short of the hors-categorie climb to Annecy-Semnoz.
By then he had already dropped closest rival Alberto Contador and the race for overall victory was effectively over.
He added: "In those last couple of kilometres, I had an overwhelming feeling of, 'I have actually done this, I am in yellow, this is the last days for the GC', and no one was going to take that away from me in the last 2km.
"It was a very emotional feeling - just that greater realisation of what I have achieved here."