Kenyan-born cyclist Chris Froome made the most of a brutal final ascent to the artificial Swiss lake of Finhaut-Emosson to tighten his grip on the Tour de France and take another step toward a third title in four years.
Having already lost a considerable amount of time during the two first weeks of racing, Froome’s rival Nairo Quintana was expected to be in the thick of the action in the Alps. Instead, he was powerless to do anything but watch when Froome accelerated with less than two kilometers left
“My yellow dream is over, but I’m just 26, and the riders in front of me have more experience,” said Quintana, who finished twice runner-up at the Tour behind Froome in 2013 and 2015. “I have many years left to realize that dream.”
While Quintana struggled, Froome reasserted his superiority over his direct rivals in the sizzling heat that hit the Swiss Alps.
“I’m feeling better than I’ve ever felt in the third week of a Grand Tour before,” Froome said.
With four stages remaining before the finish in Paris, Froome leads Bauke Mollema by 2 minutes 27 seconds overall.