Britain’s Chris Froome extended his lead at the top of the overall standings in the Tour de France by an even larger margin on Wednesday when he won the time trial, finishing an impressive 9 seconds ahead of Spain’s Alberto Contador, who is second in the overall leader board. There is not long left now in the Tour de France as only four stages remain and with Chris Froome ahead by 4 minutes 34 seconds, there is a very high chance that the Briton will take home the glory. Following this time trial victory, Froome is only the second British man to win three or more stages in a single year, the first being Mark Cavendish.
After Froome had won the Yellow Jersey in the previous time trial in this Tour de France, he was always expected to win this stage, despite tough competition from Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodriguez and Roman Kreuziger. The key in this stage for Froome was when he changed bikes half way through the race from a road bike to a time trial bike. Most riders stayed on their road bikes for the whole stage, but Froome got the advantage of having better aerodynamics on the straighter and flatter stretches.
Chris Froome still has a long way to go as he has to compete in the field climb Alpe d’Huez which will prove to be difficult as he has to climb it twice, yet the Briton has shown so far that he wants the win in order to take Sir Bradley Wiggins’ place as the most recent Briton to win the Tour de France. It would be an historic win for Chris Froome as it is a special Tour de France with it being on its 100th birthday this year.
The Tour de France leader Chris Froome has recently agreed to extend his deal with Team Sky until the end of the 2016 after being with them for 3 years so far. After finished second in last year’s Tour de France, Chris Froome looks as though he will finally achieve his dream of winning the Tour de France this year, but he is still frustrated with the drugs talk in his beloved sport. Froome has been said to be stretching himself to the human limits and vows he does not take any drugs, he is certainly a talent and one of the world’s best cyclists around.
For the Alpe d’Huez field climb, there has been forecasted some storms and rain, and Froome believes that the stage should be cut down from two climbs to one climb to keep the safety of the riders well. The Tour de France leader commented, “I think it would be sad not to do the planned parcours and the two ascents of Alpe d’Huez as it’s something special to go along with the 100th Tour de France. But having said that, safety definitely comes first. It’s a dangerous descent but if it starts raining I would hope the race organisers make the decision to make it just one climb. The safety of riders has to come first.”
Current overall standings:
1. Chris Froome – 66:07:09
2. Alberto Contador – +4:34
3. Roman Kreuziger – +4:51
4. Bauke Mollema – +6:23
5. Nairo Quintana – +6:58
Author Daniel Foster.
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