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Tour de France: Chris Froome takes yellow jersey

Tour de France: Chris Froome takes yellow jersey

Here are five things to know as the Tour de France enters its ninth stage on Sunday:

1. FLUSTERING FROOME? Pre-race favorite Chris Froome lived up to his billing by winning the Tour's entry to the mountains in Stage 8, and seizing the leader's yellow jersey. Now rival squads will look for ways to knock the 28-year-old Briton and his potent Team Sky off their game. Manager Eusebio Unzue of Spanish team Movistar — whose leader Alejandro Valverde is in third place overall — said, "We have to admit Chris is the strongest. Now, we hope to make his team work so that if in the Alps, they have bad or complicated days, we can go on the attack."


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