Chris Froome on verge of third Tour de France victory

Chris Froome
Team Sky rider and Tour de France Winner Chris Froome crosses the English Channel by bicycle, using the Eurotunnel service tunnel and support by Jaguar Cars. Photo: Jaguar MENA

Nairobi born British cyclist Chris Froome is on the verge of winning his third Tour de France title.

The Team Sky cyclist is leading the race going into Sunday’s final stage, and only a disaster could deny Froome another tour triumph after his previous 2013 and 2015 victories.

31-year-old Froome comfortably held onto his lead of more than four minutes over Frenchman Romain Bardet on Saturday’s 146.5km stage from Megeve to Morzine in the Alps.

He began the 20th stage with a bandage on his right knee following a crash on Friday, but despite stormy and rainy conditions in the Alps, he stayed safe on the slippery descents. This was partly thanks to the protection provided by his team-mates.

Froome is set to become only the eighth man, not including the disgraced Lance Armstrong, to win three or more Tours, and the first to successfully defend his Tour title since Miguel Indurain in 1995.

Froome will join Philippe Thys, Louison Bobet and Greg LeMond on three titles, and will now be focusing equaling the achievements of five-time winners Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Jacques Anquetil and Indurain.