Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Froome Climbs into Invincible Position

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Froome Climbs into Invincible Position

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CHRIS Froome celebratED the biggest win of his career after riding into Tour de France history on Mont Ventoux.

The Team Sky rider kicked away from Nairo Quintana as they passed the memorial to Tom Simpson, the first ever Brit to wear the yellow jersey, who died on the ascent during the 1967 Tour.

The victory on the Bastille Day stage, a 242.5km run from Givors, saw Froome extend his overall lead in the race with a brilliant ride on the 'Beast of Provence'.

He finished 30 seconds ahead of Quintana but even more importantly saw his main rival Alberto Contador cross one minute 40 seconds later, with Bauke Mollema another six seconds back.

"Every cyclist would dream of winning a stage like this," Froome (pictured) said. "It really is amazing. This has to be the biggest win of my career. The way my team-mates rode to bring me to the climb, they gave 110 per cent of their energy to help me keep the yellow jersey and I have to do the same to repay them.

"This is massive. …

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