Froome widens Tour lead with Stage 15 win

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Updated: July 14, 2013

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Britain’s Chris Froome increased his
lead in the Tour de France by winning Sunday’s grueling Stage 15.

Froome completed the 242.5-kilometer trek from Givors to the peak of Mont
Ventoux on Bastille Day in five hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds. He beat
Nairo Quintana after the pair attacked during the strenuous 21-kilometer climb
up Mont Ventoux, crossing the finish line 29 seconds ahead of the Colombian
rider.

It was Froome’s third career stage win in the Tour and the second this year
after he claimed the yellow jersey with last Saturday’s triumph at Ax 3
Domaines.

Froome extended his advantage by nearly two minutes over his closest
challengers, Dutchman Bauke Mollema and two-time Tour champ Alberto Contador
of Spain. Froome now holds a 4:14 lead over Mollema, who lost 1:46 on Froome
after an eighth-place finish. Contador finished six seconds ahead of Mollema,
but remains third in the general classification, 4:25 off the pace.

The riders earn a much deserved rest day on Monday following the longest stage
of this year’s event.