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Chris Froome extends his Tour de France lead

Chris Froome extends his Tour de France lead

Nairo Quintana was expected to celebrate Colombia's national holiday with a major offensive in the Alps that would see him close in on Tour de France leader Chris Froome.

It didn't happen.

Despite being a specialist in mountain stages, Quintana surrendered to the defending champion in the first Alpine leg of this year's Tour β€” won by Russian all-rounder Ilnur Zakarin on Wednesday.

Froome made the most of a brutal final ascent to the artificial Swiss lake of Finhaut-Emosson to tighten his grip on the race and take another step toward a third title in four years at cycling's biggest event.

β€œIt's been a very difficult Tour for Nairo,” said Froome, after...