Where vic­tory was sealed Five key stages

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Stage 1 Düs­sel­dorf 14km time trial

Froome took the bulk of his time on the very first day, beat­ing Ro­main Bardet by 39sec and Rigob­erto Uran by 51sec. By the time yes­ter­day’s TT came round, the re­spec­tive gaps were 23sec and 29sec so that first stage proved to be cru­cial.

Stage 9 Nan­tua to Cham­béry

A day of car­nage in the Tour saw riders crash­ing out left, right and cen­tre. Froome was put un­der pres­sure when Fabio Aru at­tacked him de­spite a me­chan­i­cal. The Sky leader swiftly caught back up and made it clear who was boss.

Stage 14 Blagnac to Rodez

Af­ter crack­ing on the climb to Peyragudes on stage 12, sur­ren­der­ing the yel­low jer­sey to Aru, Froome re­cov­ered the lost time and more by dis­tanc­ing the Ital­ian on the sprint into Rodez.

Stage 15 Lais­sac-Sévérac L’Eglise to Le Puy-en-Ve­lay

The clos­est Froome came to los­ing the Tour came on stage 15 when he had a me­chan­i­cal and was dis­tanced by his ri­vals. He man­aged to switch rear wheels and get back on be­fore the fin­ish.

Stage 18 Bri­ançon to Col d’Izoard

The last chance for Froome’s ri­vals to at­tack him came on the fi­nal moun­tain stage and the sum­mit fin­ish on the Izoard. AG2R tried to set Ro­main Bardet up for an at­tack but Sky were live to it and Froome fin­ished with Bardet and Rigob­erto.

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