Chris Froome wins Tour de France stage 18

Chris Froome 2014
Chris Froome competing in 2014's Critérium du Dauphiné - Etape 6. Photo: Ludovic Peron (used under the Creative Commons licence)

Kenyan born British cyclist Chris Froome has won the stage-18 time trial to edge closer to winning his third Tour de France title.

The Team Sky cyclist finished 21 seconds ahead of Dutchman Tom Dumoulin to win the hilly 17km stage in 30 minutes and 43 seconds, with Fabio Aru third.

Froome who won the 2013 and 2015 competitions, is now leading this year’s race by three minutes and 52 seconds.

Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands and Briton Adam Yates remained second and third overall respectively.

“I really didn’t expect to beat Tom, pacing was key. I started off steady and really controlled that first part then gave it everything I had.” – Chris Froome

Froome is trying to become the first man to win successive Tour titles since Spain’s Miguel Indurain won five on the trot from 1991 and his latest victory means British riders have won seven stages of this year’s race – Mark Cavendish with four, Froome with two and Steve Cummings – to equal the record set in 2012, when Sir Bradley Wiggins became the first British rider to win the race.