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Tour hero Froome beats fatigue to win in Belgium
Chris Froome shrugged off three weeks’ fatigue and a distinct lack of sleep to continue his winning ways in Belgium on Monday - just 24 hours after his Tour de France triumph, writes Metro’s Gavin Brown. He joined many of the other riders who completed in the race at the Natourcriterium van Aalst, a city-centre criterium which allows cycling-mad Belgian fans to get up close to their heroes. As tradition dictates, Froome – accompanied by his Team Sky colleague Richie Porte – was allowed to win, with the latter finishing second. Victory was no mean feat as Froome, who wore the yellow jersey of Tour winner, later admitted his Paris celebrations had led to something of a late night. ‘”After the official celebrations on the Champs-Élysées, I firmly celebrated my Tour victory. It was a great party with the whole Sky team. I was only in my bed at 5.30am,’ the Kenyan-born rider revealed. Tasmanian Porte, famed for his straight-talking, was slightly more frank. ‘I still had a headache when I got up,’ he admitted.