ANNECY-SEMNOZ, France (July 20, 2013)--Chris Froome all but wrapped up a Tour de France victory Saturday, putting himself in position to become Britain's second successive champion after Bradley Wiggins.
Froome retained his big race lead in the next to last stage before Sunday's processional run-in to Paris.
Froome finished third in Stage 20 to the ski station of Annecy-Semnoz.
The stage was won by Colombian rider Nairo Quintana.
The 78-mile trek was the last of four successive stages in the Alps and the final significant obstacle Froome needed to overcome before Sunday's usually relaxed ride to the finish on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.
Froome easily retained his lead.
Alberto Contador, Froome’s closest challenger at the start of the day, struggled on the final climb and dropped off the podium.