Va va Froome: Chris Froome wins Tour de France and England’s Ashes cricketers bask in success, but Lee Westwood washes out

Two out of three ain’t bad – a tour de force for British sport

A birdie on the cool and breezy 18th green of The Open by American Phil Mickelson on Sunday denied British sports fans a hoped-for treble on what had been billed a “Sensational Sunday” of national glory.

After Australia’s tail-end finally succumbed in the dramatic final over on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, Chris Froome rode to glory on the Champs-Elysées in Paris in the 100th Tour de France. He secured a second British win in consecutive years in the world’s toughest cycle race to ensure what was by any standard a memorable day of success.

Sunday had proved a multi-channel feast for armchair sports fans, as they tracked the unfolding events on television, radio and the internet, despite the continuing heatwave outside.

Among those following the drama was the Prime Minister, David Cameron, who tweeted his congratulations to Froome and the England cricket team, hailing them for “continuing a great sporting summer” in the wake of Andy Murray’s historic Wimbledon victory.

Froome was by tradition unchallenged and assured first place in the general classification in the final sprint stage into the French capital. But with England already sitting on an unassailable lead in the cricket, Lee Westwood was always facing the toughest challenge on the tricky links at Muirfield.

In the end he squandered a three-shot lead, remaining in search of his first major title as he was overrun by the American, who produced a scintillating final round to end the day in a tearful hug with his caddie and family before collecting the claret jug and £945,000 in prize money.

For much of the afternoon The Open had looked like being another British-Australian tussle – albeit better balanced than that at Lord’s – pitching Westwood against Adam Scott, who blew his chances with three straight bogeys. Westwood finished the day in joint third with Scott and fellow Briton Ian Poulter. As Mickelson’s name was being etched on to the Claret Jug, England’s bowlers were ruthlessly grinding out a one-sided win and raising the prospect of a whitewash in the Ashes. The mood in the ground at Lord’s on a balmy evening was one of jubilation tinged only with the slightest hint of disappointment at the failure of the Aussies to put up more of a fight. With three more Tests to go between the old rivals this summer, followed by a further five over the winter Down Under, England look set to ram home their superiority with both bat and ball for months to come.

For Froome, victory in Paris saw him match Sir Bradley Wiggins’s feat in 2012 – a success which resulted in his fellow Team Sky cyclist being honoured with a knighthood.

The 28-year-old has worn the coveted yellow jersey for the past 13 stages. But unlike Wiggins, Froome, who was born in Kenya, grew up in South Africa and now lives in Monte Carlo, has faced a barrage of scepticism from observers – despite passing repeated drugs tests. He dominated the mountain stages, entering the final stage with a lead of more than five minutes.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Clinical Lead / RGN

£40000 - £42000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Recruitment Genius: IT Sales Consultant

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This IT support company has a n...

Recruitment Genius: Works Engineer

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A works engineer is required in a progressive ...

Recruitment Genius: Trainee Hire Manager - Tool Hire

£21000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is seeking someone w...

Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there
10 best PS4 games

10 best PS4 games

Can’t wait for the new round of blockbusters due out this autumn? We played through last year’s offering
Transfer window: Ten things we learnt

Ten things we learnt from the transfer window

Record-breaking spending shows FFP restraint no longer applies
Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent
Markus Persson: If being that rich is so bad, why not just give it all away?

That's a bit rich

The billionaire inventor of computer game Minecraft says he is bored, lonely and isolated by his vast wealth. If it’s that bad, says Simon Kelner, why not just give it all away?
Euro 2016: Chris Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference