Tour far from over, insists Froome


Chris Froome insists the Tour de France is not done and dusted, despite the Team Sky rider increasing his advantage to two minutes and 27 seconds on stage 17.

Thursday brings a time trial and the pressure is on the defending champion's general classification rivals to go all out in an attempt to bridge the widening gap.

With Movistar's Nairo Quintana having lost further ground, Bauke Mollema of Trek-Segafredo is the man closest to Froome, and the Briton believes he still has a fight on his hands.

"I am just really glad that turned out the way it did," he told ITV after returning to action following Tuesday's rest day.

"It's always a bit hit and miss how you are going to come out of a rest day and it was great to see myself and the rest of the team pull up really well.

"It's still far from over. [The] time trial is going to be critical.

"For me at this point, it really is about trying to follow those main contenders and just staying out of trouble."

Froome is eyeing a third Tour de France title, having won it in 2013 and 2015.

Quintana had been expected to challenge him this time around, but has struggled badly. Despite that, the Colombian remains calm over his future prospects of winning the sport's headline event.

"There are lots of years left," he said.

"I'm 26 and the guys ahead of me are much older and have much more experience.

"The dream is not over and there are many years to come, many years to keep trying."