Cycling: Froome set to win third title
British rider Chris Froome is set win his third Tour de France title in four years after safely negotiating a rain-soaked penultimate stage in the Alps.Froome held on to his overall lead in the last competitive stage, won by Spain's Jon Izagirre ...
British rider Chris Froome is set win his third Tour de France title in four years after safely negotiating a rain-soaked penultimate stage in the Alps.
Froome held on to his overall lead in the last competitive stage, won by Spain’s Jon Izagirre on Saturday.
The Tour, with a 70-mile final leg, concludes Sunday in Paris with a mostly ceremonial finish on the Champs-Elysees.
“I still need to get the yellow jersey to Paris tomorrow but the race is done and dusted,” said Froome, who wore bandages on his right knee and elbow after crashing on a slippery descent a day earlier.
The 31-year-old Froome, the Kenyan-born British rider who won the Tour in 2013 and 2015, eased up just before the finish line in the 20th stage as his Sky teammates cheered.
Froome leads France’s Romain Bardet by 4 minutes, 5 seconds, with Nairo Quintana of Colombia third, 4:21 behind. Britain’s Adam Yates is fourth, 4:42 back, and will wear the white jersey for the best under-25 rider in Paris.
Froome will become the first Briton to win three Tour titles.
“It’s been a really intense race. ... It was incredible to cross the last finish line with my teammates,” Froome said. “They were with me for the entire Tour.”
Jarlinson Pantano of Colombia finished second in the stage, 19 seconds behind Izagirre, while 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali crossed third, 42 seconds back.
A minute of silence was held at the start of the stage to mourn the nine victims of Friday’s shooting rampage in Munich, Germany. Froome and the other leaders were joined by German national champion Andre Greipel at the front of the peloton.