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Summary

  1. Stage 20: 146km from Megeve to Morzine
  2. Froome holds 4min 11secs lead in yellow jersey
  3. Froome's lead will not be challenged on Sunday's final into Paris
  4. Romain Bardet second overall, Nairo Quintana third
  5. Jon Izaguirre of Spain wins stage
  6. Get involved #bbccycling

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By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Froome
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First Briton to win three Tours, first Briton to win back-to-back Tours, first Briton to wear the yellow jersey while running up Mont Ventoux.

Chris Froome does it all.

Tomorrow, he will quaff Champagne on his way into Paris - join me for a description of every last swig, as we get involved in the celebrations.

Allergies for Quintana

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Third-place Nairo Quintana, who had twice finished as runner-up to Chris Froome, has spoken to Le Tour.

"I finish very happy. Three Tours, three podiums, it's a lot of joy.

"We came with a more ambitious objective, we tried but this is the greatest race in the world. I must be happy with this third place. I suffered from allergies but I felt better in the last couple of days.

"But Chris Froome was too strong. It's the third time I lose against him but I'm still happy with our team showing on this Tour and the whole of the season. We showed we were one of the best teams in the world. Now it's time for Paris and celebrations."  

The last five Tour de France winners

2012 - British

2013 - British

2014 - Italian

2015 - British

2016 - British (probably)

Tour de Force

Le jaune est la couleur de @chrisfroome ! Yellow is @chrisfroome colour! #TDF2016

Le jaune est la couleur de @chrisfroome ! Yellow is @chrisfroome colour! #TDF2016

Adam Yates will take white jersey

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One thing Adam Yates will have is a lovely bright white jersey.

It means he's been the best young rider on this year's Tour (under 25) - he finishes top of the classification, 2mins 16secs ahead of Louis Meintjes.

If you had offered him that, plus fourth in the GC three weeks ago, he'd have snaffled it right up. But he may be thinking about 'what if' when looking at the podium.

Sky's the limit

Grinning in the rain 😀. The moment @chrisfroome crossed the line at #TDF2016. A third title awaits #VaVaFroome

Grinning in the rain 😀. The moment @chrisfroome crossed the line at #TDF2016. A third title awaits #VaVaFroome

Yates' position

It's extremely unlikely Adam Yates will get on the podium now, Gareth.

All the riders will finish with pretty much the same time and Yates trails Quintana by 21secs - so only a crash or injury for Quintana would see that change.

Even without his 10-second penalty from yesterday's stage, Yates would have been unlikely to make it.

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Mind the gap

How will this victory for Chris Froome compare to his other two in terms of the size of the win?

His current lead is 4mins 5secs over Romain Bardet - that will only change by a few seconds, if at all.

Froome's championship last year was won with a margin of 1min 12secs.

But in 2013 there was a whopping 4mins 20secs gap - that should remain his biggest success (in terms of time).

'It was a nice way to end'

Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas on ITV4: "I rode the climb and took it steady on the descent and we had Froome sit on me. It was fast but no risks at all.

"When Kreuziger was up the road we knew the other teams would be more worried. 

"I was feeling good and it was a nice way to end.

"The strength in depth has been massive in the team. We have a lot of good climbers, probably the most we've had of any Tour and we've still got nine riders on the race."

Why has Froome won?

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In case you're wondering how Chris Froome can be the de facto Tour de France winner when there's still a stage to go, here's why:

On the final stage that traditionally rolls into Paris it is customary to not attack the yellow jersey - it's not a written down rule, but nobody will do it.

The only competitive element of the stage will be the wonderful sprint finish on the Champs Elysees.

So, all Chris Froome has to do is get to the finish line and complete the Tour de France. He can run the last few yards if he wants, he'll just need to push his bike alongside him.

Feeling mellow yellow

Le jaune lui va si bien... / The yellow suits him so well... #TDF2016 @chrisfroome

Le jaune lui va si bien... / The yellow suits him so well... #TDF2016 @chrisfroome

Yellow jersey

Confirmation that Nairo Quintana will take third on the podium - at least it will be different to his two runners-up places to Chris Froome in 2013 and 2015.

But it means Adam Yates won't have a top-three finish to show for his unbelievable Tour.

1. Froome

2. Bardet +4mins 5secs

3. Quintana +4mins 21secs

4. Yates +4mins 42secs

5. Porte +5mins 17secs

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Vivek: Congrats to Chris Froome! This was never a fight, Froome was just class above everyone else!

Karl Brookes: Congrats to the 'Industrial Military Complex' that is @chrisfroome of @TeamSky. See you & #bbccycling in Paris, in yellow, tomorrow!

Froome making history

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Chris Froome will become the first Briton to successfully defend the Tour de France championship tomorrow and the first (recognised) back-to-back winner since Miguel Indurain in 1995.

'Shows how strong Sky have been'

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

He crosses the line with four team-mates and that's how strong they were. Absolutely fantastic for Chris Froome and Team Sky. The yellow jersey will be on his shoulders tomorrow after a tough stage. Well done! 

Amid all that, there was the rare sight of a Nairo Quintana attack - unfortunately it was about 200m from the finish line.

It meant he finished a few seconds ahead of Adam Yates and will probably keep the Briton off the podium in Paris.

Chris Froome set to win Tour de France

And, with the finish line in sight, there's an injection of pace.

Team Sky roll to the end of the stage and Chris Froome shakes his head in relief. No fist in the air, no yelp of joy - just pure relief.

Chris Froome is rolling down the mountain smothered in the bubble wrap that is four Team Sky team-mates. A couple of corners to go.

Here comes Roman Kreuziger, finishing just behind Rui Costa. Kreuziger will have made a decent leap in the GC - but how much? We have to wait and see.

Now - can Chris Froome stay in his seat?

Jarlinson Pantano adds to an already wonderful Tour by coming in second and Vincenzo Nibali comes in behind him.

Izaguirre wins stage 20

What an incredible descent from Jon Izaguirre in the perilous wet.

The Spaniard crosses the line for his first Grand Tour stage win and Movistar's first of this year's Tour.

500m to go

Jon Izaguirre is on course to win stage 20 - he has 500m to stay on his bike.

Eeek

2.9km to go

Riders are wobbling all over the place, tearing down a wet slope with wicked turns, through a forest. What could go wrong?

If you have any sense, you'll watch this through your fingers.

Froome must stay safe

5.1km to go

Chris Froome of Great Britain
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Pantano's wobble there shows how one moment could still cost Chris Froome everything - he has to get down safely.

He's now on the descent.

Vincenzo Nibali looks nervous, meanwhile, and has allowed Pantano to go past him.

And it begins

6.3km to go

Oh and immediately Jarlinson Pantano, a worldclass descender, gets it all wrong on the first corner and has to take evasive action to avoid going off the road.

It's Izaguirre, the least notable descender of the trio, who has pulled away in the lead.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

This is probably going to be the hardest and most technical 8km of the team Sky riders careers, right here. Fingers crossed they get down in one safe group. 

Here we go

7.9km to go

Vincenzo Nibali, Julian Izaguirre and Jon Pantano are peeping over the this drop to the finish line, like a roller coaster pausing before the inevitable horror show that follows.

Yates update

9.5km to go

I'm glad you asked Moi - if in fact that is your real name.

Adam Yates looks strong and settled in the peloton with the yellow jersey.

He's down in sixth on the virtual GC, but if Bauke Mollema continues to fall apart he could climb another spot.

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Moi: What of young Yates?

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Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

Nibali is not backing off yet. He's giving it absolutely everything. But will the crash he had yesterday have knocked his confidence? He's certainly giving it his best. 

Nibali caught

11.9km to go

Vincenzo Nibali, looking like he's riding through toffee, is caught just shy of the summit by Jarlinson Pantano and Jon Izaguirre. The three of them will level out on a stretch of flat before flying down the other side to the finish.

Cycling becomes wrestling

12.6km to go

Brilliant stuff as a police motorbike slings a spectator out of the road.

And moments later one fan clotheslines another out of the way - it's martial law out there and all getting a bit WWE.

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Froome is safe

13.3km to go

Christopher Froome
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Meanwhile, Chris Froome is looking solid as a rock. In fact, he has an extra man alongside him in the peloton, as Sergio Henao drops back from the earlier breakaway and can take some of the donkey work from Geraint Thomas.

Izaguirre is on it

13.9km to go

Jon Izaguirre has hauled in Jarlinson Pantano and Julian Alaphilippe - the Frenchman is struggling to keep up now.

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