Froome all but clinches Tour de France overall title


Nairo Quintana of Colombia won the final mountain stage of the Tour de France as Chris Froome cemented his place as leader of the race by finishing third on Saturday.

It was a first-ever stage win for Quintana, a 23-year-old rider for the Movistar team. He holds the white jersey as best young rider as well as the best-climber title in his first Tour.

Quintana won by 18 seconds after leaving Team Sky’s Froome and Team Katusha’s Joaquin Rodriguez behind with about 600 meters (2,000 feet) left in the 125-kilometer (78-mile) ride from Annecy to Annecy-Semnoz.

Froome entered the stage with a 5-minute, 11-second lead over two-time champion Alberto Contador of Spain. The Team Saxo Bank rider fell behind on the last climb and lost his place in the top three.

Going into Sunday’s final stage, when the overall lead isn’t contested by tradition, Froome has a 5:03 lead over Quintana, who is 44 seconds ahead of Rodriguez. Contador is now fourth, 7:10 behind Froome.