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Chris Froome wins stage, pads lead

Updated: July 14, 2013, 2:56 PM ET
Associated Press

MONT VENTOUX, France -- British rider Chris Froome showed why he remains the overwhelming Tour de France favorite by winning Sunday's grueling 15th stage up to Mont Ventoux to extend his lead over main rival Alberto Contador.

Froome attacked about two-thirds of the way up the mammoth 13-mile Ventoux, and his acceleration was too much for two-time former champion Contador. The Spaniard dropped back to sixth and finished about 1 minute, 40 seconds behind as tens of thousands of people crammed ...

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