Chris Froome says he will do all he can in the final few stages of the race to help Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas clinch victory in this year’s Tour de France.
Thomas extended his lead in the general classification to almost two minutes during Stage 17, taking time out of both Tom Dumoulin and Froome, a four-time winner of Le Tour.
And Froome says the time is now right for him to put aside his own hopes of victory and give his full support to Thomas, who is closing in on a first major tour success.
He told reporters: “G has ridden such an amazing race he deserves to be in yellow and fingers crossed he holds it until Paris.
“He looks pretty strong and I imagine he’ll be able to finish it off. He’s got an almost two minute lead on Dumoulin, which is a pretty comfortable buffer. We just need to look after him for these next few days.
“I’m happy just to be in the position I’m in. I’ll still fight for the podium and obviously we want to see G up there in yellow.”
Thomas has four more stages to safely negotiate before he can celebrate in Paris on Sunday and he is now 1/9 to claim victory in the Tour de France.
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About the 2018 Tour de France – the 105th edition of the Tour de France, one of cycling’s three Grand Tours. The 3,351 km (2,082 mi) race started from Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, in the Vendée department, on 7 July and will finish with the Champs-Élysées stage in Paris, on 29 July. A total of 176 riders across 22 teams are participating in the 21-stage race. The Tour is the shortest of the millennium and will be the fifth time a tour has set out from the Vendée department.
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