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Chris Froome wins Stage 15 and extends Tour de France lead

Updated: Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 18:42 | Comments

Chris Froome (in yellow) won the 15th stage and extended his overall lead
Chris Froome (in yellow) won the 15th stage and extended his overall lead

Chris Froome put his name in Tour de France history today with victory on the famed Mont Ventoux.

The Team Sky rider kicked away from Nairo Quintana as they passed the memorial to Tom Simpson, the first ever Briton to wear the yellow jersey, who died on the ascent during the 1967 Tour.

The victory on the Bastille Day stage, a 242.5 kilometre run from Givors, saw Froome extend his overall lead in the race with a brilliant ride on the 'Beast of Provence'.

Dan Martin finished in 14th and remains in 11th overall. Nicolas Roche was 54th and is now 38th in the general classification. 

Froome finished 30 seconds ahead of Quintana but even more importantly saw his main rival Alberto Contador cross one minute 40 seconds later, with Bauke Mollema even further back.

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