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Tour to race on as Froome extends lead in time trial

By Ian Parker

Published 16/07/2016

Chris Froome finished second in the stage 13 time trial
Chris Froome finished second in the stage 13 time trial

Chris Froome strengthened his grip on the yellow jersey with a second place finish in yesterday's stage 13 time trial which was won by Tom Dumoulin.

Froome showed no ill effects from the chaotic finish to stage 12, finishing 63 seconds behind Dumoulin.

Dutchman Bauke Mollema was the next best placed of the contenders and moves up to second overall, now one minute and 47 seconds off Froome.

Mollema displaced Adam Yates, who had expected to lose time on this stage, and duly conceded almost two minutes to Froome.

Nairo Quintana also lost out, slipping to two minutes and 59 seconds off yellow, although the Colombian is still in fourth place.

The time trial took place in a subdued atmosphere with a heavy police presence following the terrorist attack in Nice on Thursday night.

After the stage, Froome was joined on the podium by the other jersey holders, as well as Dumoulin and several Tour officials to pay their respects to the victims of the Nice attack.

Yesterday morning, Tour officials met with police, government, regional and security officials to discuss security arrangements, with Tour director Christian Prudhomme vowing the race would continue "in sobriety and with dignity".

"We think, in agreement with the state authorities, that the race should continue, and we mustn't give in to pressure of people who want us to change our way of life," he said.

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