Chris Froome Is Poised to Win Tour de France With Commanding Lead


Chris Froome, in the leader’s yellow jersey, finished the 20th stage with a lead of 4 minutes, 5 seconds.

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Chris Froome kept his lead intact on Saturday during the final day of climbing in the Alps and was poised to secure his third Tour de France title in four years.

Jon Izagirre of Spain won the rainy penultimate stage by attacking on the slippery descent from the Col de Joux Plane into Morzine.

Froome, a Kenyan-born British rider who won the Tour in 2013 and 2015, eased up just before the line in the 20th stage and lost a few seconds to his main rivals.

Still, he ended the day with an advantage of 4 minutes, 5 seconds over Romain Bardet of France, with Nairo Quintana of Colombia third, 4:21 behind.

Froome had a thin smile when he reached the finish as his Sky teammates cheered him on.

The Tour concludes Sunday in Paris with a mostly ceremonial finish on the Champs-Élysées.

Froome wore bandages on his right knee and elbow after crashing on a slippery descent a day earlier. He was never in trouble in this stage, though, as his…

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