agence france-presse
Le Grand Bornand, 19 July
Portugal’s Rui Costa claimed his second win of the 100th Tour de France on Friday as yellow jersey holder Chris Froome looked ahead to tasting overall victory in Paris.
Movistar rider Costa shot out of a chasing peloton on the fifth and final climb of the 204.5 km ride from Bourg d’Oisans to Le Grand Bornand to catch stage leader Europcar’s Pierre Rolland.
The Portuguese, taking his second win and the third of his career following a victory in similar style on stage 16 to Gap, crossed the finish line 47secs ahead of German veteran Andreas Kloden (RadioShack).
"I’m really happy to have won but to be honest I didn’t really believe in my chances at the start of the stage," said Costa.
"That’s why I decided to wait until the final climb to make my move."
Team Sky leader Froome came over the finish line just under nine minutes in arrears but with his 5min 11sec overall lead over Spanish rival Alberto Contador intact. "To be over five minutes ahead of the second place wearing the yellow jersey is just amazing," said Froome.
"It’s going to be very hard for someone to take more than five minutes off me in 125 kilometres (on Saturday), but I don’t want to be complacent. I have to stay switched on, at least until tomorrow evening."