Froome Excited For Tour De France Finish on Champs-Elysees
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Tour de France leader Chris Froome says he is excited for the night finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday (July 21) as he closes in on a maiden Tour victory. Froome is five minutes and three seconds ahead of his nearest rival Colombian Nairo Quintana ahead of the final stage in which the riders travel to Paris in a largely ceremonial convoy. Once they reach the French capital the riders race several laps of a circuit around the city before finishing on the Champs-Elysees.

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SHOWS: ANNECY-SEMNOZ, FRANCE (JULY 20, 2013) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (French) TOUR DE FRANCE RACE LEADER, CHRIS FROOME, SAYING: "I think the end on the Champs-Elysees tomorrow, it will be enormous. We already saw all the people who came for the climbing, but the last day in Paris, on the Champs-Elysees, this is something else. This is even bigger." STORY: Tour de France leader Chris Froome says he is excited for the night finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday (July 21) as he closes in on a maiden Tour victory. Froome is five minutes and three seconds ahead of his nearest rival Colombian Nairo Quintana ahead of the final stage in which the riders travel to Paris in a largely ceremonial convoy. Once they reach the French capital the riders race several laps of a circuit around the city before finishing on the Champs-Elysees. "I think the end on the Champs-Elysees tomorrow, it will be enormous," Froome told reporters at a news conference on Saturday (July 20). "We already saw all the people who came for the climbing, but the last day in Paris, on the Champs-Elysees, this is something else. This is even bigger." On Saturday, Froome climbed strongly up the final hill to the finish of stage 20, chasing the eventual winner Quintana and leaving well behind the challenge of Spain's Alberto Contador. Quintana only beat the Briton by 28 seconds, so Froome still has a sizable cushion going into the final day. Contador dropped away from a potential second place to fourth overall. Last year Froome was second in the Tour, having helped compatriot Bradley Wiggins to his first victory. This year he has stepped into the spotlight having won the Tour of Oman, the Criterium International, the Tour de Romandie and the Criterium du Dauphine. Froome joined the slick Team Sky unit in 2010, where manager Dave Brailsford began grooming him into a grand Tour rider. In 2011, he finished second overall in the Vuelta, having worked for team leader Wiggins. Last year, Froome looked capable of contending for the title on the Tour but he was still Wiggins's lieutenant.