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Chris Froome stretches gap to chasing pack with victory in stage 18 time trial

Ian Parker

Published 21/07/2016 | 16:56

Great Britain's Christopher Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, crosses the finish line at the end of the 17 km individual time-trial, the eighteenth stage of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France
Great Britain's Christopher Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, crosses the finish line at the end of the 17 km individual time-trial, the eighteenth stage of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France

Chris Froome won the stage 18 time trial from Sallanches to Megeve to strengthen his overall lead in the Tour de France.

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The Team Sky rider completed the testing 17km stage in the shadow of Mont Blanc in a time of 30 minutes 43 seconds.

His second stage win of this Tour came by 21 seconds from Dutch time-trial specialist Tom Dumoulin, but Froome's first priority was to pick up time in the general classification.

He did that by some margin, and now leads second-placed Bauke Mollema by three minutes and 52 seconds with two mountain stages left before the traditional parade into Paris.

Adam Yates put in a fine ride and the 23-year-old Briton picked up a couple of seconds on Mollema, leaving him 24 seconds further back in third place.

However, Yates saw his advantage over fourth-placed Nairo Quintana cut to 21 seconds as the Colombian put his podium place under pressure.

Quintana had been expected to be Froome's biggest rival in this Tour but he now sits four minutes and 37 seconds off yellow.

Ireland's Dan Martin has dropped one place to 10th in general classification after today's stage and is 7:18 behind Froome.

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