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Froome closer to Tour victory


Froome closer to Tour victory


Britain’s Chris Froome took a huge step towards winning the 100th edition of the Tour de France after completing the podium on stage 20 in Annecy on Saturday.

The Team Sky rider, bidding to become the second successive British rider to win cycling’s most prestigious race, preserved his comfortable five-minute-plus lead over stage winner Nairo Quintana while two-time race winner Alberto Contador dropped off the podium after struggling on the final climb.

With only five kilometres to go before the finish line, Quintana, the 23 year old Colombian, now poised to win the white jersey for the race’s best young rider, held of the challenges of Froome and Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez before counter-attacking to seal a hard-fought 16-second victory, his first stage win on his race debut.

This win sees the Movistar rider move up to second overall at five minutes and three seconds behind Froome, who’ll be looking to follow in the footsteps of Sir Bradley Wiggins when the Tour concludes in Paris on Sunday.

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