Froome makes winning start to 2016

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Chris Froome revelled in an ideal start to his 2016 season after winning the Herald Sun Tour in Australia.

In his first race for almost five months, the two-time Tour de France champion secured a breakaway solo victory on the fourth and final stage to leapfrog Team Sky team-mate Pete Kennaugh in the overall standings.

Froome, who also secured the event's King of the Mountains jersey, said: "It's an amazing feeling. I put in a lot of hard yards this winter, which obviously hasn't been easy with a new family starting and everything back home.

"A massive thank you to my family for giving me the support I need to do this job. Also a massive thank you to the team. They gave me the all-clear today.

"There was a little bit of an attack and I went for the King of the Mountain points and sat on the Avanti rider [Joseph Cooper] who attacked.

"The guys behind said 'you're in a perfect place to win the stage, go for it Froomey'."

Froome also paid tribute to Kennaugh, adding: "He had a good day but he also gave me the all-clear from behind. Massive thanks to Pete for doing that."