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Schleck, Evans and then Rolland were dropped with about 6 kilometers (4 miles) left to go up to Ax 3 Domaines as Contador desperately tried to stay on Porte’s wheel.
Porte had tired Contador to the point that the Spaniard was even struggling to keep up with teammate Roman Kreuziger, so Froome decided it was time to finish him off.
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"I am little bit surprised," Froome said. "Maybe [Contador] didn’t have his best day today."
Froome climbed with such blistering acceleration it almost looked like he was riding a time trial, blowing past Quintana and then Porte.
"It may look easy on TV, but it wasn’t," Froome said.
Still, he had time to ease up in the saddle, raise his arms and soak up victory in the blazing sun.
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