SALON-DE-PROVENCE, France (AP) — The 19th Stage of the Tour de France, the longest of this yr’s race, is underway with Chris Froome within the general lead.

The 222.5-kilometer journey from Embrun within the Alps by means of Provence has three reasonable climbs however ought to pose no main difficulties for the highest riders and is prone to finish with a mass dash on the end in Salon-de-Provence.

The final main problem standing between Froome and a fourth Tour title is a time trial on Saturday, a self-discipline the Briton excels in.

He has a lead of 23 seconds over French rider Romain Bardet and 29 seconds over Rigoberto Uran of Colombia. The race ends Sunday in Paris.

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