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Topic - Chris Froome
The 31-year-old Spaniard with Tinkoff-Saxo Bank becomes the second big favorite to drop out this year after defending champion Chris Froome of Britain crashed out in Stage 5. Before the race began this year, Froome and Contador were seen as the top two favorites to possibly win this year.
The British rider abandoned the Tour on Wednesday after the latest in a series of crashes. His second spill of the day during rainy Stage 5 prompted a hobbled Froome to climb into the back seat of a Team Sky support car and give up the race.
The German won the fourth stage of the Tour de France — his third of the race — in a sprint as the tour returned home from England, with crashes ensnaring some big names.
The Astana team leader pointed a finger skyward as he burst out of a breakaway bunch at the end of the 201-kilometer (125-mile) ride over nine rolling ascents and through the heath of northern England. Peter Sagan of Slovakia was second, and Belgium's Greg van Avermaet was third — each two seconds behind.
Will Mark Cavendish fight off the new generation of German and French sprinters aiming to claim the crown of Tour Sprint King? Who among the young American riders will emerge as the next great hope of U.S. cycling? What's happened to Luxembourg's once-formidable Schleck brothers? And does aging veteran Jens Voigt still have one more thrilling breakaway victory left in him?
Chris Froome won the final time trial stage Sunday at the Tour of Romandie to take the overall victory in the Tour De France warm-up race.
Michael Albasini of Switzerland sprinted to his third Tour of Romandie stage win on Saturday, holding off Thomas Voeckler of France in a three-rider break.
This year's Giro d'Italia will be missing two of cycling's biggest names after Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, the last two winners of the Tour de France, were left out of Team Sky's nine-man lineup for the May 9-June 1 race.
Bradley Wiggins says he will be a support rider at Team Sky and his role at this year's Tour de France will be helping teammate Chris Froome win a second straight title.
There will be only 33 miles of time-trialing in 2014 — all on a penultimate stage through foie gras country in southwest France on July 26. That is the smallest time-trial total since the specialist discipline was introduced at the 1934 Tour.
Froome rode into Paris in style — in the yellow race leader's jersey he took on Stage 8 and never relinquished, vigorously fending off rivals whose concerted challenges turned this Tour into a thriller.
Only an accident or other freak mishap on Sunday's largely ceremonial final ride to Paris could stop Froome from winning the 100th Tour, a year after Bradley Wiggins won the 99th.
German veteran Andreas Kloeden was second, 46 seconds behind, and Belgian Jan Bakelants was 1:44 back in third. Leader Chris Froome and his main Tour rival Alberto Contador finished together several minutes behind Costa.
Riblon caught American Tejay van Garderen near the end of the final climb to win the 18th stage of the Tour de France, while Chris Froome extended his overall lead despite a late struggle.
Froome was slower than Alberto Contador on the first part of the undulating 20-mile course from Embrun to Chorges in the French Alps on Wednesday. But he gained time on the final section and finished nine seconds ahead of the Spaniard.
"We have to be calm. The road to Paris is very long," he said. "Cycling is made of crashes, and we have to take that into account."
"Injured wrist and tough conditions made controlling my bike near to impossible," he wrote.