Chris Froome (Team Sky) stayed safe in the heavy rain on the final mountain stage of the 2016 Tour de France to all-but-seal his third Tour victory in four years.
Movistar’s Ion Izaguirre won the stage after a fearless descent of the super-wet Col du Joux Plane, while Froome was safe in the GC group to close in on overall victory with only the processional Champs-Elysees stage to come.
Already defending a lead of more than four minutes, Froome was rarely threatened in the yellow jersey with the slick roads more of a danger to him than his fellow GC men.
And, despite sliding out in the rain the previous day, it proved to be a trouble-free day for the Team Sky man to ensure he will ride into Paris for the largely processional final stage in the yellow jersey – barring an unlikely disaster, it will mean four British wins in the last five years.
Fellow Brit Adam Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) also finished in the GC group, meanwhile, ensuring he will wear the white jersey of best young rider into Paris.