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Chris Froome maintains Tour de France lead after Stage 18 in the Alps

Chris Froome maintains Tour de France lead after Stage 18 in the Alps

Chris Froome is halfway through the Alps, the last obstacle to his second Tour de France victory, after comfortably maintaining his race lead on a Stage 18 won in style by Romain Bardet on Thursday. Bardet rode alone down the huge Glandon pass and up the 18 hairpin bends of the previously unclimbed Montvernier Laces to take a solo victory at Saint-Jean-De-Maurienne on the second of four days in the Alps, the last big test before the finish in Paris on Sunday. As they did on the first Alpine stage on Wednesday, Froome's rivals again tested the Team Sky rider but couldn't make him crack over seven climbs. Two-time champion Alberto Contador showed spirit, with a burst of...

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