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Nail-biting Tour de France heads into final stages

In one of the closest tour’s in recent history, just 29 seconds separates the top 4 riders at the tour.

Astana rider Fabio Aru wins the fifth stage of the Tour de France. Picture: @FabioAru1 /Twitter

SAINT ETIENNE - Chris Froome of Team Sky is in yellow ahead of stage 16 of the Tour de France but only by the slimmest of margins.

In one of the closest tour’s in recent history, just 29 seconds separates the top 4 riders at the tour.

After a final rest day in Saint Etienne on Monday, Tuesday’s 165km from Le Puy en Velay to Romans sur Isere will again be key in who rides the yellow jersey up the Champs Elysee on Sunday.

Pre-race favourite Froome holds a slender 18-second lead over Fabio Aru, with Romain Bardet third.

South Africa’s Louis Meintjes is 8th.

It’s one again for the sprinters, and the luckless Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will once again be looking to see off the threat of German Marcel Kittel.

With a highly technical finish to the stage, it's an area they’re likely to target to see off the German who’s already won 5 stages.