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Froome to be offered more protection in Tour bid

Updated: July 8, 2013, 4:22 PM ET
Associated Press

SAINT-NAZAIRE, France -- The manager of Chris Froome's team promises that his star rider will never again be left exposed in his bid to win the Tour de France.

Froome kept the yellow jersey on a ferociously tough mountain stage Sunday. The British rider will wear it when the race resumes Tuesday with Stage 10 following Monday's rest day.

That Froome had to defend the jersey alone in the ninth stage -- because all his Sky teammates had been left behind -- offers hope to rivals like ...

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