Froome set for Tour de France win

Updated: July 20, 2013


Christopher Froome will become the
second British rider to win the Tour de France after Bradley Wiggins’ triumph
last year.

All Froome had to do Saturday was stay safe on the last difficult mountain
stage of the race. He did just that, notching a third-place finish.

Colombian Nairo Quintana won Stage 20 after completing the 125-kilometer trek
from Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz in a time of 3 hours, 39 minutes and four
seconds. Joaquim Rodriguez came in second.

Quintana, who is riding in his maiden Tour, has the white jersey for the best
young rider and the polka-dot one for the mountain classification.

“It’s a special day for Colombia, especially since it is the national
holiday,” Quintana said. “I think of course, about my family and friends who
are there. The former Colombian riders have marked the history of cycling, but
we are a new generation, who saw something important today.”

Froome leads Quintana by more than five minutes heading into Sunday’s
traditional finish along the Champs Elysees in Paris. Rodriguez is third in
the overall standings.

“This is an amazing feeling,” Froome said. “Everybody keeps telling me that
this is life changing but I don’t want things to change. I’ve enjoyed the
challenge this year.”

Two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador, who had been second at the start of
the day, struggled on the final climb and fell to fourth.

Froome has held the yellow jersey since winning Stage 8.

Stage 21 is a 133.5-kilometer ride from Versailles to the Champs-Elysees.