Chris Froome stamps authority on day of mourning at Tour de France

Cycling - Tour de France cycling race - Stage 13 from Bourg-Saint-Andeol to La Caverne du Pont-dArc, France Chris Froome leads Dutch rider Bauke Mollema by 1:47 overall with Adam Yates in third place, 2:45 back. (Source: Reuters)

Amid reinforced security a day after the deadly attack in Nice, the Tour de France rolled on and defending champion Chris Froome extended his overall lead on Friday.

Thousands of people lined the 37.5-kilometer (23-mile) time trial route to celebrate the Tour and pay homage to the dozens killed and injured by a truck which drove through beachfront crowds celebrating Bastille Day.

Froome finished second to Tom Dumoulin on the 13th stage, but ahead of all other general classification contenders. A time trial specialist, Dumoulin was in a league of his own but Froome limited his time loss to 63 seconds.

“It’s terrible what happened and overshadows the day a lot,” said Dumoulin, who also won a mountain stage last week in the Pyrenees. “So you’re speaking to a man with two sides to his face today. Of course I’m happy with the win, but at the same time my thoughts are with everyone…

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