Rui Costa claims second win at Tour

Movistar rider Costa finishes 47 seconds ahead of closest rival as Team Sky's Chris Froome keeps hold of the yellow.

    Rui Costa claims second win at Tour
    Costa attacked on the final climb, racing to his second win in four days at Tour de France [GALLO/GETTY]

    Portugal's Rui Costa claimed his second win of the 100th Tour de France on Friday as yellow jersey holder Chris Froome took another step towards overall victory in Paris.

    Movistar rider Costa shot out of a chasing peloton on the fifth and final climb to catch stage leader Pierre Rolland (Europcar) and went on to cross the finish line 47secs ahead of German veteran Andreas Kloden (RadioShack).

    A lot of Portuguese fans have supported me through this Tour and I want to thank them

    Rui Costa, Stage 19 winner

    "A lot of Portuguese fans have supported me through this Tour and I want to thank them,'' Costa said through a translator after winning stage 19.

    Team Sky leader Froome came over the finish line just under nine minutes in arrears but with his 5min 11sec overall lead over Spanish rival Albeto Contador intact.

    On the penltimate day of climbing on the race, Contador's Saxo team tried several times to test Team Sky and Froome by upping the pace on the last two of the stage's five climbs.

    But while their efforts helped drop several of Froome's teammates, the Kenyan-born Briton finished on the wheel of Australian teammate Richie Porte, who had been briefly left trailing on the final climb.

    Ahead of Saturday's final day in the Alps, the 125 km 19th stage from Annecy to the summit of Annecy-Semnoz, Froome looks virtually assured of succeeding compatriot and teammate Bradley Wiggins as the race champion.

    Contador's biggest worry may now be protecting his runner's up place from Colombian climbing specialist Nairo Quintana, who is third overall at 5:32.

    "It all depends on how my legs are tomorrow," Contador said.

    "It depends how I feel."

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why some African Americans are moving to Africa

    Escaping systemic racism: Why I quit New York for Accra

    African-Americans are returning to the lands of their ancestors as life becomes precarious and dangerous in the USA.

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    North Korea's nuclear weapons: Here is what we know

    North Korea's nuclear weapons