Tour de France 2017 stage 20: Chris Froome set for fourth title glory on the Champs-Elysees

 
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Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford was quick to heap praise on Chris Froome (Source: Getty)

Britain's Chris Froome is set to take his fourth Tour de France title on Sunday after distancing his rivals on the race's penultimate stage, a 22.5km time-trial in Marseille.

The Team Sky rider was third on the stage, won by Poland's Maciej Bodnar. Froome takes a 54-second lead over second placed Rigoberto Uran into the final – and traditionally processional – stage into Paris.

Uran leapfrogged Frenchman Romain Bardet, who completes the podium positions, just one second ahead of Froome's teammate Mikel Landa.

"It was so close coming in this TT, " said Froome who started the day with just a 23-second advantage on general classification.

This was my closest Tour de France, the hardest fought... I didn't think it would come down to this TT in Marseille but it did. There was a bit of pressure, but for me, it's always a good thing having pressure. I'm delighted with winning again.

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Uran was expected to pose the biggest threat to the Froome in the race against the clock. As predicted, the Columbian swept Bardet aside, who faded fast in the kilometres.

And as the home favourite crossed the line in Marseille's famous Stade Velodrome, Froome almost caught him, having started two minutes after him. This caught out the partisan crowd which was equally exuberant in cheering on Bardet as booing Froome.

There more British success in the shape of Simon Yates, who cemented his lead in the white jersey competition for the best young rider. He is seventh on general classification, one place behind Ireland's Dan Martin.

Record books

All being well for Froome on the Champs-Elysees, he will move ahead of three-time winners such as Greg LeMond and Louison Bobet. There are four riders tied at the top of the record books with five Tour de France victories.

Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford heaped praise on the 32-year-old.

"Chris is very polite and comes across very quiet when you first meet him," he said.

But then you see this steel inside him and it takes you aback – he's a never say die kind of guy and it conflicts a bit with what you see on the outside.

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Stage result

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 BODNAR MACIEJ BORA - HANSGROHE 28' 15''
2 KWIATKOWSKI MICHAL TEAM SKY 28' 16'' + 00' 01''
3 FROOME CHRISTOPHER TEAM SKY 28' 21'' + 00' 06''
4 MARTIN TONY TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN 28' 29'' + 00' 14''
5 IMPEY DARYL ORICA - SCOTT 28' 35'' + 00' 20''
6 CONTADOR ALBERTO TREK - SEGAFREDO 28' 36'' + 00' 21''
7 ARNDT NIKIAS TEAM SUNWEB 28' 43'' + 00' 28''
8 URAN RIGOBERTO CANNONDALE DRAPAC 28' 46'' + 00' 31''
9 K†NG STEFAN BMC RACING TEAM 28' 49'' + 00' 34''
10 CHAVANEL SYLVAIN DIRECT ENERGIE 28' 52'' + 00' 37''

General classification

RANK RIDER TEAM TIMES GAP
1 FROOME CHRISTOPHER TEAM SKY 83H 55' 16''
2 URAN RIGOBERTO CANNONDALE DRAPAC 83H 56' 10'' + 00' 54''
3 BARDET ROMAIN AG2R LA MONDIALE 83H 57' 36'' + 02' 20''
4 LANDA MIKEL TEAM SKY 83H 57' 37'' + 02' 21''
5 ARU FABIO ASTANA PRO TEAM 83H 58' 21'' + 03' 05''
6 MARTIN DANIEL QUICK - STEP FLOORS 83H 59' 58'' + 04' 42''
7 YATES SIMON ORICA - SCOTT 84H 01' 30'' + 06' 14''
8 MEINTJES LOUIS UAE TEAM EMIRATES 84H 03' 36'' + 08' 20''
9 CONTADOR ALBERTO TREK - SEGAFREDO 84H 04' 05'' + 08' 49''

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