Clinging to lead, Froome poised to win Tour

Jul 25, 2015 4:40 PM by Ross Field

ALPE D'HUEZ, France (AP) - In a dramatic Alpine finale, Chris Froome all but locked up his second Tour de France victory by clinging - just barely - to his lead after the race's last big challenge, a finish up Alpe d'Huez in Stage 20 won by Thibaut Pinot of France.

The 30-year-old Briton appeared to struggle but limited his losses to second-place Nairo Quintana, who repeatedly attacked but couldn't fully erase his 2 minute, 38 second deficit to Froome.

Froome is now poised for a largely ceremonial ride to Paris in the 21st and final stage because the mostly flat course offers virtually no chance for his rivals to make up enough time to overcome him.

Expect Froome and his Team Sky comrades to be sipping Champagne on way to the Champs-Elysees.

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