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Froome set for Tour de France win
Annecy-Semnoz, France (Sports Network) - Christopher Froome will become the second British rider to win the Tour de France after Bradley Wiggins' triumph last year.
All Froome had to do Saturday was stay safe on the last difficult mountain stage of the race. He did just that, notching a third-place finish.
Colombian Nairo Quintana won Stage 20 after completing the 125-kilometer trek from Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz in a time of 3 hours, 39 minutes and four seconds. Joaquim Rodriguez came in second.
Quintana, who is riding in his maiden Tour, has the white jersey for the best young rider and the polka-dot one for the mountain classification.
"It's a special day for Colombia, especially since it is the national holiday," Quintana said. "I think of course, about my family and friends who are there. The former Colombian riders have marked the history of cycling, but we are a new generation, who saw something important today."
Froome leads Quintana by more than five minutes heading into Sunday's traditional finish along the Champs Elysees in Paris. Rodriguez is third in the overall standings.
"This is an amazing feeling," Froome said. "Everybody keeps telling me that this is life changing but I don't want things to change. I've enjoyed the challenge this year."
Two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador, who had been second at the start of the day, struggled on the final climb and fell to fourth.
Froome has held the yellow jersey since winning Stage 8.
Stage 21 is a 133.5-kilometer ride from Versailles to the Champs-Elysees.
07/20 13:25:51 ET