Christopher Froome’s thus far unchallenged ride to victory in the 2016 Tour de France continued with a blistering and dominant triumph in the stage 18 time trial.
The 17 k ride in the Alps between Sallanches and Megeve was no flat track.
The route led the riders up 700 m before winding down to the finish line.
The two-time tour winner Froome has now firmly established himself as the best all round rider in the peloton.
The British Sky cyclist clocked 30 minutes and 43 seconds under an unforgiving sun.
Thank you to everyone involved & the fans for the motivation along the way!
pgoding</a> <a href="https://t.co/CqBkV8U8c8">pic.twitter.com/CqBkV8U8c8</a></p>— Chris Froome (chrisfroome) July 21, 2016
He beat time trial specialist Tom Dumoulin by 21 seconds and Fabio Aru
by 33 seconds.
Dumoulin, the winner of the stage 13 time trial, pushed hard and led the stage until Froome climbed aboard as the last man to go.
Dutchman Dumoulin had to settle for second.
Still a good TT. Small improvements possible here and there, but no 20 sec improvements though. Strongest won. Congrats
chrisfroome</a>!</p>— Tom Dumoulin (tom_dumoulin) July 21, 2016
General classification after stage 18:
1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 77hrs 55mins 53secs
2. Bauke Mollema (Ned/Trek) +3mins 52secs
3. Adam Yates (GB/Orica) +4mins 16secs
4. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +4mins 37secs
5. Romain Bardet (Fra/AG2R) +4mins 57secs