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Emotional Froome all but wraps up Tour title

Alpe-d'Huez: Chris Froome was struggling to come to terms with effectively sealing a second Tour de France title after Nairo Quintana tested him to his limit at Alpe-d'Huez.

Chris Froome of  Team SKY celebrates after retaining the overall leader's yellow jersey after Stage 20 on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images
Chris Froome of Team SKY celebrates after retaining the overall leader's yellow jersey after Stage 20 on Saturday. Pic/Getty Images 

Froome, the 2013 champion, led nearest rival Quintana by two minutes 38 seconds entering the 20th stage from Modane Valfrejus.

The Team Sky leader's advantage was cut dramatically by the Colombian climber on the 13.8km finishing ascent and its 21 hairpin bends. But Quintana ran out of road and trailed by 1min 12secs ahead of today's finish in Paris.

Froome told ITV4: "It's unreal. I'm sure I haven't quite taken it all on board yet. It's an unbelievable feeling to be sitting here still wearing this jersey.

I can't quite come to terms with it just yet. So many emotions were going through my mind during that last climb."

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