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Froome remains on course to win fourth TdF title

Froome retains his overall lead with a mountain top finish at Izoard after the 179.5km trek from Briancon

FILE: Chris Froome. Picture: Twitter/@chrisfroome.

PARIS – Chris Froome remains on course to win a fourth Tour de France title as he holds a slender 27 second lead over Rigoberto Uran and Romain Bardet after the conclusion of stage 17 on Wednesday, won by Primoz Roglic.

South Africa’s Louis Meintjes remains in the top 10 overall as he finished ninth on Wednesday.

The highest peak on this year’s tour, the Col du Galibier, proved decisive in stage 17 on Wednesday as Slovenia’s Primoz Roglic attacked with 6,5km to go to the summit and held off to ride solo into picture-postcard Serre Chavelier.

It was a brutal day with three major climbs and it claimed sprinter Marcel Kittel as he was forced to abandon after being involved in a crash and pulled out at half-way.

Froome retains his overall lead with a mountain top finish at Izoard after the 179.5km trek from Briancon, his lead though is under 30 seconds and one mistake could put an end to his hopes in the closest tour in history thus far.