Team Sky rider Christopher Froome is bathed in yellow ahead of the roll into Paris and his coronation as winner of the 2015 Tour de France.
Stage 19 saw the riders haul their way up Alpe d’Huez one of cycling’s most revered climbs.
Home rider Thibaut Pinot thrilled the French with a stunning performance for his second stage win of the tour.
Thibaut Pinot scored a fantastic win for France at Alpe d'Huez..! pic.twitter.com/h4tBNjojRj— Graham Watson (@grahamwatson10) July 25, 2015
It was further down the cruel slope that the drama unfolded.
Colombian Nairo Quintana in second place, 2min 38sec behind the British rider, turned up the gas on the fabled mountain. He left Froome and his Sky riders Wout Poels and Richie Porte and went off in a desperate hunt for yellow.
Froome kept tabs on the little Colombian and as Tibaut Pinot crossed the line for a stage win Froome knew he had done enough to claim the tour, despite losing 1min 26sec to the brave and brilliant Quintana.
Froome claims his second Tour de France victory with Nairo Quintana of Colombia second, Spain’s Alejandro Valverde finished thrid.
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