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Froome makes history with Mont Ventoux victory

July 14, 2013 16:58 pm

Chris Froome claimed a historic victory on one of cycling's most famous summits to increase his Tour de France lead.

The British rider claimed the 15th stage on Mont Ventoux to extend his overall advantage over Bauke Mollema and Alberto Contador to more than four minutes.

He caught leader Nairo Quintana in the closing stages of the longest stage in this year's race and won by 29 seconds.

It's his second summit victory, following a similarly domineering performance in the Pyrenees on stage eight.

"This climb is so historic and means so much to this race," said Froome.

"My main objective was to get more of a buffer on the general classification riders but I didn't see myself winning the stage.

"I expected Quintana to go further out than he did but I wasn't expecting it to be that hard to catch him and when I did I thought he was going to win the stage.

"But in the last two kilometres he started fading - I didn't really attack, he just couldn't hold my wheel."

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