The final stage of the 2013 Tour de France will commence on Sunday, and Chris Froome is all but assured of winning.
Here is how the standings look heading into the final stage:
|1.||Chris Froome||Sky Procycling||77h 10' 00''|
|2.||Alberto Contador||Team Saxo-Tinkoff||77h 15' 11''||+ 05' 11''|
|3.||Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas||Movistar Team||77h 15' 32''||+ 05' 32''|
|4.||Roman Kreuziger||Team Saxo-Tinkoff||77h 15' 44''||+ 05' 44''|
|5.||Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver||Katusha Team||77h 15' 58''||+ 05' 58''|
|6.||Bauke Mollema||Belkin Pro Cycling||77h 18' 58''||+ 08' 58''|
|7.||Jakob Fuglsang||Astana Pro Team||77h 19' 33''||+ 09' 33''|
|8.||Daniel Navarro||Cofidis, Solutions Credit||77h 22' 33''||+ 12' 33''|
|9.||Alejandro Valverde||Movistar Team||77h 24' 56''||+ 14' 56''|
|10.||Michal Kwiatkowski||Omega Pharma-Quick Step||77h 26' 08''||+ 16' 08''|
**Full classifications and results can be found at LeTour.com.**
With a five-minute lead, Froome should be able to cruise in the final stage, making the historic march into Paris a relatively drama-free event.
That said, this event has not been without exciting moments. What have been the best moments of the race so far?
Read on to find out.
Peter Sagan, Stage 7
Peter Sagan is one of the best sprinters in the world, and he has proven that in this competition. He currently holds the green jersey as the top sprinter.
In Stage 7, Sagan barely held off John Degenkolb of Germany for the win. Sagan had to move past three riders surrounding then-leader Daryl Impey for the finish.
The win was Sagan's fourth career Tour victory. The Slovakian sprinter, at just 23, won the points classification in last year's event.
Sagan is one of the most exciting up-and-coming racers, and he should be a legitimate contender for the yellow jersey next year. His win in Stage 7 showed the promise his career holds.
Mark Cavendish, Stage 13
Two of the best sprinters in the world went head-to-head in this exciting finish at Saint-Amand-Montrond.
Mark Cavendish, who has won 25 stages in his career, barely edged out Sagan. The two were at the front of the field at the end, with no one else in sight.
In this match between the veteran and the newcomer, Cavendish ended up victorious, showing an impressive burst to beat the hard-charging Sagan.
The best finishes at the Tour are always the ones that come right down to the wire, and this stage was no different. Cavendish's career might be coming to an end, but this stage gave him one more remarkable victory in a remarkable career.
Chris Froome, Stage 15
Froome, 28, has been impressive throughout the entire event, but his performance in Stage 15 has really set him apart from the field.
The 242.5-kilometer race up Mont Ventoux is the longest of this year's Tour and one of the most difficult. Froome made it look pretty easy.
With about seven kilometers to go, Froome made his move on his teammate Richie Porte. Still nearly 45 seconds behind the leader, Nairo Quintana, Froome then passed Mikel Nieve before making his final move on Quintana with just over a kilometer left.
Froome ended up winning the race by 29 seconds. Not only was he impressive in passing some of the best riders in the world, Froome displayed remarkable endurance and speed.
Froome has been the best rider throughout the entire event, and this stage showed why.
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