Stage 17: Highlights and reaction
Highlights of Stage 17, where Chris Froome collected his third stage win of the Tour to extend his lead in yellow heading into the final four days
Chris Froome battled difficult conditions to finish first on a tough time-trial course in the Alps
Tour legend Jens Voigt accuses Gary Imlach of talking like 'Sherlock Holmes' in his post-race grilling
Chris Froome says he is prepared to do all he can to hold on to the yellow jersey all the way to Paris
Chris Froome says he couldn't believe it when he discovered he had clocked the quickest time on Stage 17
Bauke Mollema blames his brakes and a loss of confidence for the tumble he took in Stage 17
Froome tightens grip on yellow jersey
Chris Froome has taken his third stage win of the 100th Tour de France to strengthen his hold on the yellow jersey, edging out main rival Alberto Contador by nine seconds in today's individual time trial to Chorges.
The weather held off just enough for Froome to beat the Spaniard Contador, who had taken a much more aggressive approach to the mountainous time trial route on slick roads with rain falling intermittently.
With Bauke Mollema well off the pace, Contador moves into second place but his deficit to Froome now stands at four minutes 34 seconds heading into tomorrow's much-anticipated double ascent of the Alpe d'Huez.
The weather had threatened to play a major role as it began to rain on the mountain tops midway through the day, with a few claps of thunder heard.
The worst of it had been forecast for around half an hour before Froome was due to start - the last of today's riders - but while Froome was clearly being careful on the greasy surfaces, he was not majorly troubled.
Contador was in attack mode, frequently out of the saddle and ahead of Froome through all three intermediate checkpoints.
But where Contador stuck with his road bike throughout, Froome had changed to his time trial bike midway through the stage and was 20 seconds quicker than his rival over the final 13 kilometres.
As well as increasing his overall lead, the victory makes Froome only the second Briton to have won more than two stages in any one Tour, with Mark Cavendish the other.
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