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Chris Froome tightens grip on Tour de France

Plumelec (France): BMC won the 28km team timetrial from Vannes to Plumelec yesterday but Chris Froome tightened his grip on the leader’s yellow jersey.

Chris Froome
Britain’s Chris Froome celebrates after retaining the yellow jersey during Stage Nine of the Tour de France yesterday.
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His Sky team may even have beaten the world team time trial champions but for Ireland’s Nicolas Roche cracking on the final 1.7km, 6.2 percent climb to the finish.

Having started the climb 5sec ahead of BMC, Sky missed out on the win by just 0.6 seconds.

It was a second disappointing stage in a row for Nibali, who also lost 10 seconds on Saturday.

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