Froome wins 2013 Tour de France in magical Paris finale (SLIDESHOW)

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  • Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, center, Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia, wearing the best climber's dotted jersey, left, and Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, wave on the podium after the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Bernard Papon, Pool) Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, center, Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia, wearing the best climber's dotted jersey, left, and Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, wave on the podium after the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Bernard Papon, Pool) Photo by: Bernard Papon
  • Nairo Alexander Quintana, of Colombia, raises his arms on the podium after the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Bernard Papon, Pool) Nairo Alexander Quintana, of Colombia, raises his arms on the podium after the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Bernard Papon, Pool) Photo by: Bernard Papon
  • Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, sports a green goatee prior to taking the start of the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, sports a green goatee prior to taking the start of the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • 2013 Tour de France cycling race winner Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) 2013 Tour de France cycling race winner Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates on the podium of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • Stage winner Marcel Kittel of Germany reacts on the podium after the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Bernard Papon, Pool) Stage winner Marcel Kittel of Germany reacts on the podium after the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Bernard Papon, Pool) Photo by: Bernard Papon
  • Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, center, rides during the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, center, rides during the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • Tour de France 2013 winner Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides with temmates, to cross the finish line of the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Tour de France 2013 winner Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides with temmates, to cross the finish line of the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • 2013 Tour de France cycling race winner Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia, wearing the best climber's dotted jersey, and Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, celebrate on the podium of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) 2013 Tour de France cycling race winner Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia, wearing the best climber's dotted jersey, and Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, celebrate on the podium of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • The pack rides during the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) The pack rides during the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus) Photo by: Thibault Camus
  • The pack, with Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, center, rides through the courtyard of the Louvre museum, during the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack, with Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, center, rides through the courtyard of the Louvre museum, during the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • Svein Tuft of Canada, the last rider in the overall standings know as "Lanterne Rouge" in French, or Red Lantern, warms up on a bicycle trainer prior to the 20th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 125 kilometers (78.1 miles) with start in in Annecy and finish in Annecy-Semnoz, France, Saturday July 20 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Svein Tuft of Canada, the last rider in the overall standings know as "Lanterne Rouge" in French, or Red Lantern, warms up on a bicycle trainer prior to the 20th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 125 kilometers (78.1 miles) with start in in Annecy and finish in Annecy-Semnoz, France, Saturday July 20 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • Marcel Kittel of Germany crosses the finish line to win the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours) Marcel Kittel of Germany crosses the finish line to win the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours) Photo by: Laurent Rebours
  • Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, and sporting a green goatee, ride during the start of the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, and sporting a green goatee, ride during the start of the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides by fans during the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours) Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides by fans during the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours) Photo by: Laurent Rebours
  • Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia, wearing the best climber's dotted jersey and second place overall, left, Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain, third place in the overall standings, right, joke around with cigars as they take the start of the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia, wearing the best climber's dotted jersey and second place overall, left, Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain, third place in the overall standings, right, joke around with cigars as they take the start of the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • The pack with Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes the Arc de Triomphe during the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) The pack with Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes the Arc de Triomphe during the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • Tour de France 2013 winner Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides with unidenitfied temmates, to cross the finish line of the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Tour de France 2013 winner Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides with unidenitfied temmates, to cross the finish line of the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) Photo by: Laurent Cipriani
  • Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, center, Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia, wearing the best climber's dotted jersey, left, and Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, react on the podium after the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Bernard Papon, Pool) Christopher Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, center, Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia, wearing the best climber's dotted jersey, left, and Peter Sagan of Slovakia, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, react on the podium after the 21st and last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 133.5 kilometers (83.4 miles) with start in Versailles and finish in Paris, France, Sunday July 21 2013. (AP Photo/Bernard Papon, Pool) Photo by: Bernard Papon

SAN DIEGO, July 21, 2013 –  Veteran cyclist Jens Voight says “The Tour is a beautiful adventure.” The beautiful adventure ended in Paris for the 170 riders who finished the centennial edition of the Tour de France under a full moon on the first ever evening finish in its history.

Fans enjoyed a spectacular awards ceremony using the Arc de Tromphe to project a dazzling light show for a picture perfect finale, which began with a breathtaking flyover by the Patrouille Acrobatique de France as the riders turned onto the Champs Elysees.

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It was also a breathtaking finish with the top three sprinters in the world battling for the honor: Mark Cavendish of Omega Pharma Quicktep, Andre Grieipel of Lotto Belisol, and Marcel Kittel of Argos Shimano. The two big Germans boxed out the Manx Missile, and it was Kittel who hit the line for the victory. Kittel ended his second Tour with four stage victories.

Kittel said later it was a great Tour for his entire team.“I think I surprised myself and in the end won four stages and won the yellow jersey.”

Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia, left, Chris Froome of Britain, and Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain, right, joke around with cigars as they take the start of the final stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France Sunday. AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani

Overall leader Chris Froome of Sky Racing enjoyed a ceremonial ride into Paris with his teammates, enjoying the traditional glass of Champagne along the route. No one wins the Tour without the support of a team. Froome relied on Australian Richie Porte to make it happen, and Porte was given the honor of leading the entire field into Paris onto the Champs Elysees. “To see your best friend win, you train together every day, it’s an amazing story. He’s such a good guy,” said a smiling Porte.

Froome won four stages including the final time trial and the climb up Mont Ventoux, only the second cyclist to win the stage wearing the yellow jersey. He is the second British winner in two years, following his Sky teammate Bradley Wiggins in 2012.

Of his win, Froome said, “I expected it to be big, but it just took my breath away. Once we got onto here together as a team, I could feel myself welling up.” Froome thanked his teammates and his many mentors and teachers over the year. He dedicated the win to his late mother, Jane, who died of cancer three years ago. “Without her encouragement to follow my dreams, I would probably be at home watching TV… I’m sure she would be extremely proud tonight.”

“This is a beautiful country with the finest annnual sporting event in the world. This is one yellow jersey that will stand the test of time,” said Froome.

Second place winner Nairo Quintana of Colombia made a big impression on the Tour in his first year of competition. The 23-year-old also won the best young rider’s white jerssey and the King of the Mountains jersey, a tremendous accomplishment.  Gustavo Adolfo Carvajal, Colombia Ambassador to France, presented the beaming Quintana his winner’s jerseys.

Coming in third place with exceptional performances in the Alps was Joaquin Rodriguez of Katusha, whose two adorable children dressed in their own team jerseys joined him on the podium.

Chris Froome of Britain, wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, center, with Nairo Alexander Quintana of Colombia, left, and Joaquin Rodriguez and his children on the podium after the last stage of the 100th edition of the Tour de France. AP Photo/Bernard Papon, Pool

Popular rider Peter Sagan of Cannondale won the sprinter’s green jersey, complete with a dyed green goatee he grew during the Tour. French rider Christophe Riblon was named the Tour’s most aggressive rider for his sensational victory on Alpe d’Huez. Team Saxo Tinkoff was the top overall team, giving former champion Alberto Contador and GC contender Roman Krueziger a chance to step to the podium.

If Froome returns to defend his jersey in 2014, he will start the race in front of British fans in Yorkshire, the first ever start for a Tour in Great Britain. Take heart, it’s only 342 days away.

NBC Sports Network airs a replay of the final stage at 8 p.m. ET Sunday. NBC Sports airs a recap of the entire 2013 Tour de France on Saturday, July 27, at 12:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Ringside Seat in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

 

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.

 

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