Chris Froome Wins Stage 15 of Tour de France
British cyclist Chris Froome put in an impressive performance to win Sunday’s gruelling 15th stage of the Tour de France and extending his lead over main rival Alberto Contador.
Froome attacked about two-thirds of the way up the massive 21km Mount Ventoux and his fantastic acceleration proved too much for two time champion Contador. Despite his best efforts, Contador finished around 1 minute 40 seconds behind.
After the win Froome said, “This is massive. Everyone wanted to win this stage today, on Bastille Day, being on top of Mont Ventoux. It really was an epic stage today… This is the biggest victory of my career.This climb is so historical. It means so much to this race, especially being the 100th edition.”
Dave Brailsford, the Sky team manager, said that Froome is “above his competitors… every time it’s been man against man, Chris has shown he’s up to the challenge.”
The win means that Froome has made up the time he lost on Friday’s sprint stage when Contador caught him with a surprise attack. Froome now leads Dutchman Bauke Mollema by 4 minutes 14 seconds and Contador by 4 minutes 25 seconds.