British star Chris Froome can enjoy victory ride into Paris following superb time trial on stage 20
Chris Froome all-but sealed his fourth Tour de France title with a brilliant time trial in the penultimate stage.
The 32-year-old was third fastest overall in Marseille with a time of 28mins 22secs - extending his overall lead to 54 seconds ahead of second place Rigoberto Uran.
But tradition dictates that the overall leader is not attacked on the final stage - meaning Froome will be able to toast his victory with a glass of champagne en route to the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday.
"It's definitely been the closest Tour de France I've won, the closest and most hard-fought between the rivals. I think given the route we had this year, it was always going to be a close race, but I didn't expect it would come right down to the line in this TT in Marseille."
For Froome - who also tasted Tour success in 2013, 2015 and 2016 - the dream is now to land a fifth title next year to take him alongside cycling legends Eddy Merckx, Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain.