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Chris Froome tops Alberto Contador to win Tour time trial

CHORGES, France — Chris Froome edged Alberto Contador to win the 17th stage of the Tour de France in a rainy time trial and extend his overall lead on Wednesday.

The British rider was slower than Contador on the first part of the undulating 20-mile course from Embrun to Chorges in the French Alps, but gained time on the final section and finished 9 seconds ahead of the Spaniard to clinch his third stage win of the race.

Froome, who has also won two mountain stages, made up for missing out last week when he was edged by Tony Martin in the first time trial on Stage 11.

"This is incredible for me," Froome said. "This morning I thought to myself: 'OK, I'm ready to lose a bit of time because tomorrow will be very hard.' So I'm surprised to win."

Bauke Mollema held second-place overall for several stages, but Contador took his place as the Dutchman dropped to fourth.


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