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Froome put on the strongest team in the peloton, and he remains the favorite to conclude the race with the yellow jersey.
The suspense remains whole to a few days of the outcome of the Tour de France.
With only six stages to complete before the arrival of the race long three weeks on the Champs-Élysées, only 29 seconds separated the top four riders in the general classification.
The defending champion and three-time winner, Chris Froome, has a lead of 18 seconds ahead of Italian Fabio Aru. The French Romain Bardet, vice-champion last year, conceded 23 seconds to the leader, to the third position. In the fourth row, we find the Colombian Rigoberto Uran.
It is a context, rather unusual before an intense last week of racing that includes two stages of the alpine high altitude and a short-against-the-shows.
“Of all my participations in the Tour de France, this is the hardest battle for me, has acknowledged Froome on a day of rest, on Monday. I am just thankful, because I am the one to catch up. “
Froome put on the strongest team in the peloton, and he remains the favorite to conclude the race with the yellow jersey, even if he has shown few signs of weakness.
He has had a bad day in the Pyrenees during a step of exhausting up to the ski resort of Peyragudes, when he ceded the head of the leaderboard at Aru, after having worn the yellow jersey for seven days. But the leader of team Sky has found his style and two days later, when Aru was trapped at the back of the pack to Rodez.