MARSEILLE, France (AP) Defending champion Chris Froome looks to seal his fourth Tour de France title in a time trial in Marseille, the penultimate stage of this year’s race.
The Team Sky leader has a 23-second lead over Romain Bardet and is better than his French rival in the race against the clock.
A good time trialist, Rigoberto Uran is six seconds further back in third place and could overtake Bardet in the general classification ahead of Sunday’s parade to the Champs Elysees.
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Marseille’s Stade Velodrome will stage the start and finish of the 22.5-kilometer (14-mile) time trial. The challenging route with more than two dozen bends will take riders on mainly flat urban roads. The main difficulty comes with a short but steep climb to Notre-Dame de la Garde cathedral, the most famous landmark in France’s second-largest city.