PARIS: The Paris bid to win host rights to the 2024 Olympic Games got in on the act as Chris Froome rode to a fourth victory in the Tour de France.
The peloton passed through the Grand Palais on the way to the traditional Champs Elysees finish. The Grand Palais is the proposed 2024 venue for taekwondo and fencing.
Froome, the Team Sky leader, crossed the line in the bunch behind the stage winner, Dylan Groenewegen, to win the yellow jersey by 54 seconds from Rigoberto Urán.
Paris 2024 co-chairs Tony Estanguet and Bernard Lapasset joined Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo inside the Grand Palais, before Estanguet went to join Froome on the podium to present the iconic Yellow Jersey.
Last month the International Olympic Committee guaranteed the French capital an Olympics hosting though confirmation of 2024 or 2028 has yet to be resolved. Los Angeles is the other city involved.