4 riders bid for victory at unpredictable Tour de France


LE PUY-EN-VELAY, France _ The battle for victory will go down to the wire at the Tour de France.
With just six stages left before the three-week race reaches the Champs-Elysees, only 29 seconds separate the top four riders in the general classification.
Defending champion and three-time winner Chris Froome has an 18-second lead over Fabio Aru of Italy. Frenchman Romain Bardet, the runner-up to Froome last year, is 23 seconds back from the leader, in third place. In fourth, is Colombian Rigoberto Uran.
It’s an unusual situation ahead of an intense final week of racing that includes two Alpine stages in high altitude and a short time trial.
“It’s the hardest fought battle in terms of Tours de France I’ve done before,” Froome said during Monday’s rest day. “I’m just grateful I’m on the right side of those gaps.”
Froome has the strongest team and remains the favourite to win in Paris, despite some rare signs of weakness.
He endured a bad day in the Pyrenees during a grueling stage to the ski station of Peyragudes, when he lost the overall …read more

Source:: Sportsnet.ca – Sport

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