Chris Froome stands on the doorstep of the Tour de France's greatest champions.
Sewing up his fourth Tour crown with a cool-as-a-cucumber ride in a high-pressure time trial in heat-baked Marseille on Saturday means he needs just one victory more to join the record-holders who have five.
His winning margin in this Tour, 54 seconds over Rigoberto Uran of Colombia going into Sunday's processional final stage, is narrower than Froome's previous wins in 2013, 2015, and 2016. It is the first he has won by less than one minute.
Over the three weeks, Froome executed fewer of his trademark devastating accelerations in the high mountains. He ran out of gas and temporarily...