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Alps stand between Chris Froome and his second Tour de France victory

Alps stand between Chris Froome and his second Tour de France victory

Chris Froome came out of the toughest Pyrenees stage, won Thursday by Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain, with his Tour de France lead comfortably intact, leaving the Alps as the last major obstacle between the British rider and a second victory in Paris. Gritting his teeth, tongue lolling, Rodriguez rode alone through driving rain on the day's final steep climb to take his second stage win of this Tour. The Katusha team leader also won a shorter uphill finish on Stage 3. At the finish of Stage 12 to the Plateau de Beille ski station, which marked the end of three days of climbing in the Pyrenees, Rodriguez waved a pointed finger like John Travolta dancing in “Saturday Night...

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