PARIS: Chris Froome is set to become the first Briton to win the Tour de France twice after surviving a thrilling attack by Nairo Quintana on Alpe d’Huez.
Team Sky’s Froome, 30, led Quintana by two minutes 38 seconds before the penultimate stage but the Colombian rode clear with 9km remaining.
However, the Briton responded to limit his losses to just 80 seconds as France’s Thibaut Pinot won the stage.
His 72-second lead will not be challenged on Sunday’s finale in Paris.
The short stage, which culminates in several laps around the centre of Paris, is expected to end in a bunch sprint on the Champs-Elysees and Froome has only to cross the finish line within 72 seconds of Quintana to be crowned champion.
“It’s hard to say if this was harder than 2013, but every day was flat out,” said Froome.
“Next year I’ll come back and renew the rivalry with Nairo. He’s a great prospect, has a bright future, a great talent who races correctly, making his race at the right moment.”