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Froome cut ahead of Pyrenees battle.

CHRIS FROOME was cut to 4-6 from 8-11 to win his second Tour de France after retaining the yellow jersey as his Team Sky were beaten by just one second on the team time trial fron Vannes to Plumelec yesterday, writes Adrian Humphries.

Froome began the day with a lead of 11 seconds over Tinkoff-Saxo's Peter Sagan and 13 seconds over Tejay van Garderen of BMC Racing.

The 2013 champion helped his Team Sky come home in a time of 32 minutes and 16 seconds, but Van Garderen's BMC squad triumphed by the slenderest of margins on the 28km route, which ended with a 1.7km climb.

It's a rest day today and the battle for leadership will begin in earnest tomorrow in the Pyrenees.

Van Garderen trails Froome by 12 seconds. Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) conceded further time to the Briton, although Quintana was last night trimmed to 12-5 from 5-2 to win his first Tour. It's 10-1 bar the two market leaders.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 13, 2015
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