Blazin' Saddles

Froome’s Special K

Blazin' Saddles

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Despite apparent death threats from the Nutty Clusters of Spanish fans, Chris Froome got it Just Right in the final kilometre of stage 17.

On a day that Froomey moved within 13 seconds of the summit, it was a question of Cobo Pops and Brad Flakes in Calabria.

With the Kenyan-born, South African-raised Briton filling his bowl with a masterful attack up the Alpen-like climb, it was Cheerios to his main rivals, many of whom were left Shredded, Beat and broken.

They may have been shouting "You win and we kill you" to Froome, but in the end those rather insalubrious fans could well have proved Lucky Charms for the 26-year-old.

Cobo, who is one hard Crunchy Nut, managed to return to Froome's wheel with one of his trademark Kix. But it was not enough.

The Spaniard is no Quaker - and he will try not to flinch for the remainder of the race. With four more stages left, we're going to have to wait a bit - or even, Weetabix - until we know who will wear red on the podium in Madrid.

Enough of the cereal puns now - even Saddles can't fill a whole blog with such Golden Nuggets.

Saddles read the epic finale to stage 17 completely wrong. Half way up the climb, and he tweeted to his near 4,000 followers that Froome and Wiggins were clearly happy with padding out the podium alongside Cobo.

When Cobo powered to the front it was then, obviously, only ever going to finish one way: victory for 'The Bison' in front of his local home fans.

Froome clearly hadn't read the script and instead put in an astonishing attack which almost gave David Harmon a coronary.

He then looked to be building up a lead - and it looked likely that Cobo would not only lose time at the finish, he'd also cross the line outside the top three and miss out on any bonus seconds.

But then the tide turned once again. In a delightful bitter-sweet moment (depending on who you were rooting for) Cobo returned to Froome wheel and the advantage returned to the Geox man.

What was quite brilliant about this whole chain of events was that it all happened in one very special kilometre.

And there was still time for a twist: somehow Froome overcame the disappointment of being pegged back by Cobo by passing his rival on the final bend to notch a first ever Grand Tour stage win.

Now he has 13 seconds to make up on Cobo over one ragged stage and then two jollies in the Basque Country.

It's still very much open - although perhaps Team Sky may regret putting their eggs in Wiggins' basket on the Angliru when it always looked like Froome was the man to deliver the omelette in Madrid.

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