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Giro d'Italia: Chris Froome set for victory with just final procession stage left

Giro d'Italia: Chris Froome set for victory with just final procession stage left

Chris Froome will hold all three Grand Tours barring an accident on Sunday's procession into RomeChris Froome is set for a historic Giro d'Italia victory after he held off late attacks from nearest rival Tom Dumoulin on the penultimate stage into Cervinia.The Team Sky rider, 33, extended his advantage over the Dutchman to 46 seconds with Sunday's final stage in Rome traditionally a procession.Froome will be the first British man to win the Giro in its 101-year history.
And he will hold all three Grand Tours simultaneously after wins last year at the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana.Barring any incident or accident on Sunday, the four-time Tour de France winner will be the seventh man to complete the set of Grand Tours.Spain's Mikel Nieve won the stage on his 34th birthday, attacking with 32km to go in the mountains to finish two minutes 17 seconds clear of Dutchman Robert Gesink.
How the penultimate stage unfolded
Dumoulin provides late drama
It is a remarkable turnaround for Froome, who had been barely in contention a few days ago after an injury-hit first two weeks.He set up victory with Friday's stunning stage 19 win that saw him jump from fourth to take the pink jersey.He had a 40-second lead over reigning champion Dumoulin going into stage 20, a 214km ride from Susa to Cervinia in the Alps in northern Italy,Both riders had been content to sit in the peloton with Froome protected by his team-mates.But with the pink jersey at stake, Dumoulin made his first attack 6km out on the final of three category one climbs.Froome immediately responded, going on the attack himself to rein Dumoulin back in.It became a cat-and-mouse fight between the pair with Froome's legs showing no ill affects from Friday's heroics.Dumoulin finally cracked with 3km remaining as his challenge faded and Froome finished with a sprint, six seconds ahead of his rival to retain the maglia rosa in the shadow of the Matterhorn."I felt in control," said Froome, who would join Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault in holding all three Grand Tours at the same time."Everyone had such a hard day yesterday, no-one had the extra legs to go anywhere."Praising the support from his team, Froome added: "It was amazing to able to repay them after three weeks of hard work, they believed in me."France's Thibaut Pinot blew a chance for a place on the podium. Having been in third place at the start of Saturday's stage, he was left behind on the second climb up Col de St-Pantaleon.Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez took advantage as he took third place overall, 4:57 minutes behind Froome.
Stage 20 result
1. Mikel Nieve (Spa/Mitchelton-Scott) 5hrs 43mins 48secs2. Robert Gesink (Ned/Lotto) +2mins 17secs3. Felix Grosschartner (Aut/Bora) +2mins 42secs 4. Giulio Ciccone (Ita/ Bardiani) +3mins 45secs5. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita/Trek) +5mins 23secs6. Wout Poels (Ned/Team Sky) +6mins 03secs7. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) +6mins 03secs8. Davide Formolo (Ita/Bora) +6mins 03secs 9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain) +6mins 03secs10. Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Movistar) +6mins 03secsSelected others:13. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Sunweb) +6mins 09secs144. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +45mins 32secs
Overall standings:
1. Chris Froome (GB/Team Sky) 86hrs 11mins 50secs2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Team Sunweb) +46secs3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana Pro Team) +4mins 57secs4. Richard Carapaz (Ecu/Movistar Team) +5mins 44secs5. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita/Bahrain-Merida) +8mins 3secs6. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana Pro Team) +11mins 50secs7. Patrick Konrad (Aut/Bora-Hansgrohe) +13mins 01secs8. George Bennett (Nzl/Team Lotto NL-Jumbo) +13mins 17secs9. Sam Oomen (Ned/Team Sunweb) +14mins 18secs10. Davide Formolo (Ita/Bora) +15mins 16secsSelected other:22. Simon Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +1hr 15mins 11secs
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