Froome set to win fourth Tour de France

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Froome was the last to leave the Velodrome – starting his 22.5km time trial at 16:04 BST
Tour de France: 1-23 July
Coverage: Live text commentary of the final stage on the BBC Sport website. BBC Radio coverage from 16:30 BST on the website.

Chris Froome effectively clinched his fourth Tour de France title after finishing third on the penultimate stage of the race in Marseille.

Briton Froome finished six seconds behind stage winner Maciej Bodnar.

The 32-year-old took time out of all his major yellow jersey rivals on a 22.5km individual time trial.

The Team Sky rider will not have his lead attacked on Sunday’s processional final stage into Paris and will win the race for the third successive year.

Earlier in the day, the women’s race – La Course by Le Tour – was won by Dutch cyclist Annmiek van Vleuten.

In an unusual pursuit format, she managed to hold off a group of three riders that included Britain’s Lizzie Deignan to ensure that she won both of the two stages of the race. Deignan outsprinted Italy’s Elisa Longo Borghini to claim second.

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