My toughest day: Chris Froome (video)

Chris Froome describes how he was put to the sword by Nairo Quintana on stage 20 of the 2015 Tour de France

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Being a Grand Tour contender, Chris Froome is used to being under pressure from his rivals, but Nairo Quintana‘s onslaught to his yellow jersey in the 2015 Tour de France was one of the toughest things Froome has had to face.

The Team Sky rider soloed to victory on stage 10 of the race to open up a commanding lead over Quintana, who had also lost time to the Brit on the windy stage two.

But when the race reached the Alps the diminutive Colombian picked his time to attack Froome and on the stage 20 battle to Alpe d’Huez the 2013 winner was really put to the test.

Quintana sped away up the mountain – at first assisted by teammate Alejandro Valverde, before going on his own – and opened up a significant time gap over a struggling Froome.

But the Sky man could rely on trusted lieutenants Wout Poels and Richie Porte in the final stages to pace him up the climb’s famous 21 bends to only cede 1-20 to Quintana – enough to win the yellow jersey by 1-12.