Cycling – Tour De France: Froome tightens grip on yellow

Team Sky Chris Froome stage 15 Tour De France

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Team Sky’s Chris Froome tightened his grip on the yellow jersey with an historic win on famous Mont Ventoux on stage 15 of Tour De France.

Froome was again in devastating form on one of the most gruelling stages of the tour which stretches 242.5 kilometres and also included the mountain known as the ‘Beast of Provence’.

Froome hinted on Saturday that he would try and gain more time on his rivals for the General Classification and that turned out to be the case as he extended his lead over Alberto Contador and Bauke Mollema.

Froome’s trusty wingman Richie Porte had guided him up most of Mont Ventoux before the Brit kicked away and Contador had no response.

The Kenyan-born star soon bridged the 40-second gap that Nairo Quintana had built up following an earlier break, before the Olympic bronze medallist then went past the Colombian to win the stage by 30 seconds.

Contador finished a further 40 seconds behind, while Mollema was even further off the pace.

Froome started the day not expecting to win the stage but he managed to do so in fine style and leads the overall standings by a massive four minutes 14 seconds over Mollema in second, while Contador is in third, a further 11 seconds back.

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