With Froome and Team Sky facing an uncertain winter with the onus on the Briton to prove he did not exceed the permitted dosage, Bardet
called for a resolution sooner rather than later to help the sport's image improve.
After the last survivor of an initial 10-man breakaway was finally caught by the peloton with six kilometres remaining, Romain Bardet
(AG2R-La Mondiale) twice tried to escape from the bunch on the final climb.
Two years on he has doubled that total after riding into the capital with a 54-second advantage over Colombia's Rigoberto Uran, with Frenchman Romain Bardet
in third place.
Runner-up Rigoberto Uran was a rank outsider at the start, with third-placed Romain Bardet
a 22-1 chance.
(39sec) and Rigoberto Uran (51sec) had every cause to rue the time they dropped against the clock three weeks ago.
Last man down the ramp, Froome's reception was in stark contrast to the deafening roar which had greeted his nearest challenger Romain Bardet
The Team Sky rider boasts a 23-second lead over Frenchman Romain Bardet
going into the 22.
Froome leads by 23 seconds from Frenchman Romain Bardet
and 29 seconds from Colombian Rigoberto Uran going into today's penultimate stage, a 22.
CHRIS Froome called the Tour de France his to lose as he heads into today's penultimate time trial with a 23-second lead over Frenchman Romain Bardet
CHRIS Froome has backed himself to stay in the yellow jersey and gain more time in tomorrow's time trial in Marseille despite conceding four seconds to Romain Bardet
on the Col d'Izoard.
Froome let the breakaways pedal away and left his minders to mark general classification rivals Romain Bardet
, Rigoberto Uran and Fabio Aru.
CHRIS FROOME conceded four seconds to Romain Bardet
on the Col d'Izoard but took another step towards his fourth Tour de France title as Warren Barguil won stage 18.