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Cycling: Froome beats Contador to Tour's 17th stage

CHORGES, France: Britain's Chris Froome of Team Sky tightened his grip on the Tour de France yellow jersey after winning the 17th stage time trial on Wednesday.

Froome, taking his third stage win of the 100th edition, finished the hilly 32 kilometres race against the clock in a time of 51min 33sec to beat Spanish rival Alberto Contador by nine seconds.

Saxo team leader Contador's time of 51:42 looked good enough to give the Spaniard his first stage win of this year's race but in the end it served only to move him up to second overall at 4:34 behind Froome.

His teammate Roman Kreuziger finished the stage 23sec adrift of Froome, moving the Czech up to third at 4:51 overall as Dutchman Mollema flattered to deceive in a discipline known as the "race of truth".

Mollema was in second overall overnight at 4:14, having revived hopes in his native Holland of a rare podium finish in Paris.

However the Belkin team leader struggled to match the leading contenders.

After narrowly escaping a crash on the final bend, barging into the barriers after badly negotiating a right-hand bend, Mollema came over the finish 2:09 behind Froome.

Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez of Katusha finished third on the stage at 10secs behind Froome and one behind Contador while another strong climber, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was fifth at 30secs off the winning pace.

The 18th stage on Thursday is a 172.5 kilometres race beginning in Gap and featuring six climbs, including two ascensions of the legendary Alpe d'Huez, which will also host the finish.

Posted on 2013-07-18 07:35:22
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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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