Australian rider confirms green jersey success in Paris as Chris Froome becomes champion again
Michael Matthews became just the third Australian to win the Tour de France green jersey - as Chris Froome confirmed his fourth overall victory.
Matthews, from Canberra, joined Robbie McEwen and Baden Cooke as points champion in the famous race and raised the Aussie flag on the podium in Paris.
Froome, meanwhile, was able to sip a glass of champagne during the largely processional final stage to commemorate a brilliant yellow jersey success.
Matthews, whose Sunweb team were also celebrating a King of the Mountains jersey for Warren Barguil, said: "It’s been a rollercoaster with a lot of highs and lows. The second week was when mine and Warren’s dreams started to come true.
"To bring these beautiful jerseys to Paris is really something special and a moment I will remember forever."
Dylan Groenewegen claimed the final stage win in a group sprint of the Champs-Elysees, but the day and the Tour as a whole belonged to Froome as he made it three successive victories in the gruelling three-week race.
"Each time I've won the Tour it's been so unique. So different. Such a different battle to get to this moment," Froome said.
"They're all so special in their own way. This year, I think will be remembered for being the closest and most hard-fought battle between the GC rivals.
"Definitely a celebration is overdue. I'm looking forward to it."