Chris Froome poised for victory

Updated: July 20, 2013, 5:52 PM ET
Associated Press

ANNECY-SEMNOZ, France -- Chris Froome has two hands firmly on the Tour de France trophy. All that remains is for the British rider to raise it above his head before cheering crowds in Paris on Sunday.

The Team Sky rider retained his big race lead Saturday in the penultimate stage to ensure he will become Britain's second successive champion after Bradley Wiggins.

Only an accident or other freak mishap Sunday on the largely ceremonial final ride to the Champs-Elysees could stop Froome ...

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