Britain’s Chris Froome produced a superb solo effort up Mont Ventoux to claim stage 15 of the Tour de France on Sunday and tighten his grip on the yellow jersey.
Driven by a strong tailwind, Froome made up the time he lost in Friday’s sprint stage with a devastating attack about two-thirds into one of the most famed climbs in the Tour’s history.
Two-time Champion Alberto Contador and Colombia’s Nairo Quintana both produced solid runs but it wasn’t to be as Team Sky remained focused, with Froome on top of his game to secure a fourth career stage win on the Tour and second of the 100th edition after his victory in the Pyrenees last Sunday.
Froome now leads Dutch rider Bauke Mollema by 4 minutes and 14 seconds in the overall standings, with Contador 11 seconds further back with six stages remaining.
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