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Chris Froome on verge of Tour de France victory

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Chris Froome is on the verge of becoming Tour de France champion after another pulsating day at the front of the pack.

The Team Sky rider finished third on Stage 20 to Annency-Semnoz, with Spanish rival Alberto Contador dropped off the pace on the day's final climb in the mountains.

He's now fourth overall, seven minutes and ten seconds behind the Brit, with stage winner Nairo Quintana moving up to second behind Froome.

Joaquim Rodriguez, who finished second in the stage, is back in third, with the pair both more than five minutes adrift of the leader.

Froome can now expect to be sipping champagne in the yellow jersey on the ride into Paris, and only something incredible could stop the Kenyan-born 28-year-old from claiming overall victory.

If Froome completes the job as expected, he will become just the second British rider to win the famous race in 100 years, after Sir Bradley Wiggins' success 12 months ago.

Victory would also mean back-to-back yellow jerseys for Team Sky, and their much-acclaimed general manager Sir Dave Brailsford.

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