Le Tour De France 2013: Christopher Froome Will Coast to Victory in Final Stages

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2013

CHORGES, FRANCE - JULY 17:  Chris Froome of Great Britain and SKY Procycling in action during stage seventeen of the 2013 Tour de France, a 32KM Individual Time Trial from Embrun to Chorges, on July 17, 2013 in Chorges, France.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

With just two stages left to conquer in the 2013 Tour de France, Christopher Froome has put himself in position to cruise the rest of the way to victory.

After another strong performance in Stage 19, Froome is more than five minutes ahead of his nearest competitor. He's held the yellow jersey since taking it in Stage 8, and as noted by Team Sky, he's "one step closer" to claiming the ultimate prize in Paris:

He won his third stage of the race on Wednesday, surprising many people by taking Stage 17 by nine seconds over Alberto Contador, as noted by Sky Sports Cycling:

The British cyclist has been sensational throughout the grueling race.

When he jumped out to the early overall lead by claiming the yellow jersey in Stage 8, most of his competitors were surprised he'd made such a bold move. Then, when his teammates quickly fell down the board in the next couple of stages, many wondered if he'd be able to win as a solo act.

But after the nearly superhuman effort Froome has pumped out day after day, all doubters must now acknowledge his supremacy. 

He's going to coast to victory and win by a comfortable margin. 

Both final stages pose their own challenges, but Froome made sure everybody knew he has no intention of being complacent on his way to Paris, as noted by the race's official Twitter account:

Stage 20 is a brutal, mountainous trek that begins in Annecy and ends atop a mountain in the town of Annecy-Semnoz. It'll test every cyclist to the limit, but Froome has proven more than capable of handling himself on the mountains thus far.

Stage 21 is relatively mild comparatively, and you can be sure he'll relish the last portion of the final stage on his way into Paris. 

This is Froome's race to lose. He'd need to have a complete and utter meltdown in the final two stages to lose the massive lead he's piled up in the past two weeks. That's not happening, however, as he'll coast to the finish line with plenty of time to spare.

 

Follow me on Twitter @JesseReed78.