Tour de France: Only an Alpine disaster can deny Froome

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Portsmouth North End pundit Mark Williams gives his verdict on the battle for yellow.

Chris Froome will be crowned Tour de France champion in Paris on Sunday.

The way he is riding at the moment, I can’t see anyone catching him.

Three minutes is a lot of time to make up – even if there are some huge mountains to climb over the next four days.

It only takes Froome to have a bad day, a mechanical or an accident and the whole scenario changes but at the moment I can’t see that happening.

Nairo Quintana will take second spot and the polka dot jersey.

And his Movistar team-mate Alejandro Valverde will complete the podium spots.

The Spaniard is so strong at the moment and he will climb better than Tejay van Garderen, who is currently in third spot.

Alberto Contador, meanwhile, looks a shadow of the man who won the Giro d’Italia.

Back at the Grand Depart in Utrecht, I tipped Vincenzo Nibali to retain his title.

He is never going to get on the podium now.

That first day in the Pyrenees – when he lost more than four minutes on the climb to La Pierre-Saint-Martin – put paid to that.

He has come in for a lot of flak since then but he is definitely looking stronger by the day.

And I would expect him to deliver a couple of attacks in the Alps to show he is still in the race.

Peter Sagan is nailed on to win the green jersey. He is such an awesome bike handler but he is still looking for his first stage win since 2013.

I feel so sorry for him. He is the victim of his own success.

In a bunch sprint, the last person you want on your wheel is Mark Cavendish.

Well it is the same in a breakaway with Sagan. No-one wants to give him a ride to the finish, so he is forced to work and then gets pipped at the end.