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Cycling: France's Riblon triumphs, hungry Froome extends lead

Yellow jersey holder Chris Froome extended his lead over Alberto Contador as Christope Riblon triumphed atop the Alpe d'Huez on stage 18 to end the hosts' victory famine on Thursday. Froome began the day with a 4min 34sec lead on Contador but on what was billed as the 'Queen' stage of the race -- with six climbs on the menu -- Contador's Saxo team failed to loosen the British race leader's grip.

Cycling: Priceless Porte a boon for Froome

Australian Richie Porte's bike racing skills appear to know no bounds on the Tour de France, and on Thursday included breaking the rules on an epic 18th stage to the Alpe d'Huez. Team Sky rider Porte has been demonstrating his faith towards yellow jersey holder Chris Froome throughout the race but on the 172.5 km trek from Gap to the legendary summit had to go beyond the normal call of duty.

Cycling: Froome beats Contador to Tour's 17th stage TT

Britain's Chris Froome tightened his grip on the Tour de France yellow jersey after beating Spanish rival Alberto Contador in the 17th stage time trial on Wednesday. Froome, taking his third stage win of the 100th edition, finished the hilly 32 km race against the clock in a time of 51min 33sec to beat former two-time champion Contador by nine seconds. Contador's efforts moved him up to second place overall at the expense of Dutchman Bauke Mollema but the Saxo team leader saw his deficit go from 4:25 to 4:34 a day ahead of a crucial 18th stage in the Alps.

Tour de France leader Froome wins time trial

Chorges, France, Jul 17 (EFE).- British cyclist Chris Froome kept a grip on his lead in the Tour de France with a win in Wednesday's 17th stage: a time trial in the Alps that included a pair of Category-2 climbs. The Kenyan-born rider covered the 32 kilometers (almost 20 miles) from Embrun to Chorges in 51 minutes and 33 seconds. Two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador finished only nine seconds behind Froome, allowing the Spaniard to move up to second overall in the General Classification.

Cycling: Froome beats Contador to Tour's 17th stage TT

Britain's Chris Froome tightened his grip on the Tour de France yellow jersey after beating Spanish rival Alberto Contador in the 17th stage time trial on Wednesday. Froome, taking his third stage win of the 100th edition, finished the hilly 32 km race against the clock in a time of 51min 33sec to beat former two-time champion Contador by nine seconds. Contador's efforts moved him up to second place overall at the expense of Dutchman Bauke Mollema but the Saxo team leader saw his deficit go from 4:25 to 4:34 a day ahead of a crucial 18th stage in the Alps.

Cycling: Froome beats Contador to Tour's 17th stage TT

Britain's Chris Froome tightened his grip on the Tour de France yellow jersey after beating Spanish rival Alberto Contador in the 17th stage time trial on Wednesday. Froome, taking his third stage win of the 100th edition, finished the hilly 32 km race against the clock in a time of 51min 33sec to beat former two-time champion Contador by nine seconds. Contador's efforts moved him up to second place overall at the expense of Dutchman Bauke Mollema but the Saxo team leader saw his deficit go from 4:25 to 4:34 a day ahead of a crucial 18th stage in the Alps.

Froome finds late speed for third Tour stage win

By Julien Pretot CHORGES, France (Reuters) - Chris Froome continued his march towards a maiden Tour de France title when he beat fierce rival Alberto Contador by nine seconds to win the 17th stage, a 32-km time trial on Wednesday. Team Sky rider Froome, who has now three stage wins to his name in the Tour this year, clocked 51 minutes 33 seconds to extend his overall lead over second-placed Contador to 4:34 going into three grueling stages in the Alps.

Cycling: Froome beats Contador to Tour's 17th stage TT

Britain's Chris Froome of Team Sky tightened his grip on the Tour de France yellow jersey after winning the 17th stage time trial on Wednesday. Froome, taking his third stage win of the 100th edition, finished the hilly 32 km race against the clock in a time of 51min 33sec to beat Spanish rival Alberto Contador by nine seconds. Saxo team leader Contador's time of 51:42 looked good enough to give the Spaniard his first stage win of this year's race but in the end it served only to move him up to second overall at 4:34 behind Froome.

Cycling: Froome favourite for short but tough time trial

Wednesday's 17th stage of the Tour de France is a short but challenging individual time-trial that could prove to be another very significant day in the general classification. The 32-kilometre time-trial takes the riders from the town of Embrun, at the eastern end of the artificial Lake Serre-Poncon in the Alps, to the village of Chorges via two second-category climbs, the Cote de Puy-Sanieres and the Cote de Reallon.

Cycling: Pitbull Porte bares teeth on Tour

Australian Richie Porte was back at his climbing best on Tuesday as Sky team leader Chris Froome came under attack at the Tour de France where a late crash incident threatened his grip on the race. Team Sky leader Froome started and finished the day still leading Dutchman Bauke Mollema and Spaniard Alberto Contador by 4min 14sec and 4:25 respectively. But had it not been for Porte, the Kenyan-born Briton could have been counting the cost of a disastrous eighth day in the yellow jersey.
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