Froome makes winning start to 2016


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."