Froome widens Tour lead with Stage 15 win

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Updated: 7/14/2013 12:57 pm

Mont Ventoux, France (Sports Network) - Britain's Chris Froome increased his lead in the Tour de France by winning Sunday's grueling Stage 15.

Froome completed the 242.5-kilometer trek from Givors to the peak of Mont Ventoux on Bastille Day in five hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds. He beat Nairo Quintana after the pair attacked during the strenuous 21-kilometer climb up Mont Ventoux, crossing the finish line 29 seconds ahead of the Colombian rider.

"This climb is so historic and means so much to this race especially being the 100th edition. And I didn't expect to win here today," Froome said.

It was Froome's third career stage win in the Tour and the second this year after he claimed the yellow jersey with last Saturday's triumph at Ax 3 Domaines.

Froome extended his advantage by nearly two minutes over his closest challengers, Dutchman Bauke Mollema and two-time Tour champ Alberto Contador of Spain. Froome now holds a 4:14 lead over Mollema, who lost 1:46 on Froome after an eighth-place finish. Contador finished six seconds ahead of Mollema, but remains third in the general classification, 4:25 off the pace.

The riders earn a much deserved rest day on Monday following the longest stage of this year's event.

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