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The 2017 Tour de France returns to sprinting after two gruelling days in the mountains, as Stage 19 of cycling’s biggest race takes place on Friday.
Chris Froome holds the yellow jersey as the riders battle on the 222.5 kilometres between Embrun and Salon-de-Provence.
Warren Barguil was victorious during Stage 18, with Froome in control of his own destiny as he attempts to win his fourth Tour de France.
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Froome’s 23-second lead over Romain Bardet should be enough to see him crowned the winner barring anything unforeseen in the final stages, as the Brit is in strong form toward the end of the race.
The premier rider for Team Sky attacked hard in the mountains on Thursday, but he will need to tactically position himself on the flat racing to Salon-de-Provence.
The next leg of the race is the longest stage of the tour, but the peloton will be focused on the points classification as the sprinters take centre stage.
A time trial takes place on the following day, and Froome and the GC contenders will be forced to focus their energies and strategies.
Here are the latest general classification after Stage 18:
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Team Sky have once again done a magnificent job in placing Froome in each and every stage, and the tactical battle will continue with thoughts turning to the time trial.
Froome will want to avoid any clash with the sprinters on Stage 18, and the GC will be the main agenda of the top riders in the peloton.
The British star has all the experience he needs as a three-time champion, and he will want to preserve his chances against a talented field.
With only three stages remaining, Froome cannot afford to lose any time on Friday, but the time trial in Marseille will decide who rides into Paris as the next champion.