Boasson Hagen takes stage win, Froome closes in on victory

Chris Froome's position appears impregnable at the 2017 Tour de France

Meanwhile, Edvald Boasson Hagen proved it was always better to do your homework thoroughly as he ended a six-year wait for another Tour de France stage victory.

With Bardet and Uran not attempting to get away from Froome and gain valuable ground ahead of the time trial, the defending champion got to rest his legs as much as possible on the Tour's longest ride.

"Before the last long stage of 103 kilometres, between Metz and the Champs-Elysées, Froome above Uran of 54 seconds and Bardet of 2' 20" general classification unofficial.

Riding his fifteenth and final Tour de France, veteran Thomas Voeckler was given a raucous send off when he rolled down the ramp to rapturous applause. Fubo TV is a sports/entertainment first streaming platform available in the US.

Froome now leads the general classification by nearly a minute over Rigoberto Uran of Cannondale-Drapac, with only the processional stage into Paris remaining.

Froome now leads the race by 54sec from Uran heading into tomorrow's final stage, a largely ceremonial 103km route from Montgeron to Paris.

Chris Froome was happy to put the mountains behind him as he closed in on a fourth Tour de France title.

Ahead of the penultimate stage time trial in Marseille he sat 29 seconds off Team Sky's Chris Froome and had an outside chance of bettering the Briton's time and seizing the maillot jaune. He did not win a single stage this year.




And Simon Yates homed in on the young riders' white jersey, a year after his twin brother Adam won it, as he maintained a lead of more than two minutes over Louis Meintjes.

"I certainly have a new-found appreciation for just how hard it was for those guys to have won five Tour titles, it certainly isn't getting easier and this year was the closest race of my Tour de France career", he said.

Dripping with sweat, he just about managed to cross the line in front of charging yellow-jersey wearer Froome who was the last rider to start, two minutes after Bardet. The only miss was when he abandoned on Stage 5 in 2014 after crashing three times in two days.

"Maybe we saw a little bit less aggressive racing this year because of the way the course was". One is Michael Matthews, now favourite for the prestigious green jersey for the race's top sprinter.

Froome, 32 years old, ranked third (6 seconds behind Bodnar) of this against-the-shows, including the arrival and departure were given in a stade Velodrome less filled than expected.

Since Froome's third Tour win in 2016, there has been widespread criticism of Team Sky and their principal Brailsford.

"I have to make sure I do everything right, follow the right processes and hopefully not have a bad day".

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