LE GRAND BORNAND - Spending 11 days in the yellow jersey is taking its toll on Chris Froome, but the Kenyan-born Briton is beginning to finally accept he will be crowned the Tour de France champion on Sunday. On the penultimate stage in the high mountains, Froome finished the 204.5 km 19th stage from Le Bourg d'Oisans to Le Grand Bornand with his 5min 11sec over Spanish rival Alberto Contador intact. It was a day when Contador, the former two-time winner who lost his 2010 title after a positive test for doping, had hoped to launch an attack on one of the five categorised climbs on the way to a downhill finish. But after nearly three weeks of toil, in which Froome's Sky team has dealt with most of what the peloton and the elements have thrown at them, the Saxo team leader has little left to offer. –AFP