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Chris Froome extended his advantage in the yellow jersey as Ilnur Zakarin won stage 17 of the Tour de France to Finhaut-Emosson.After Katushas Zakarin took stage honours up the road, Froome raced clear of his main rivals to build a cushion of almost two and a half minutes at the end of this 184.5-kilometres stage from Berne.When BMCs Richie Porte attacked from the group of main contenders late on the final climb up to the Emosson Dam, only Froome could respond to join his former teammate.Behind Dutchman Bauke Mollema, who started the day second overall, was the first to be dropped, giving up 40 seconds to Froome.But most encouraging of all for Team Sky will have been the sight of Quintana completely unable to respond as the attacks began.The Colombian has usually come on strong in the third week of Grand Tours and threatened Froomes position in yellow late in last years Tour, but does not appear to have the legs to rival him again.For Froome, who appears to be closing in on a third Tour victory, it was a near perfect scenario as he was pulled up the hill by Porte without needing to do a turn on the front himself ahead of Thursdays time trial.I dont think it was possible to go much faster there, Richie seemed to be doing just fine on his own, Froome said. Tactically for me there is really no need to get on the front and start pulling on the final.Tomorrow is going to be crucial and this is the first day of a four-day block [in the Alps].While not writing off Quintana, Froome acknowledged that the man expected to be his strongest challenger here is not living up to his pre-race billing.Its been a very difficult Tour for Nairo, he said. Hes still a great rival and a big challenger for me but he lost more time today. I think for him to re-enter into the game again hes going to have to do a real good time trial tomorrow.As Froome crossed the line alongside, Quintana was dropped by Adam Yates, who rode away to boost his hopes of a podium finish.The provisional general classification showed Froome two minutes 27 seconds clear of Trek-Segafredos Mollema with Yates, riding for Orica-BikeExchange, two minutes 53 seconds back.That puts the 23-year-old Briton 34 seconds clear of Movistars Quintana in fourth.Zakarin rode clear of stage 15 winner Jarlinson Pantano of IAM Cycling and Tinkoffs Rafal Majka in the king of the mountains polka dot jersey to collect his first Tour de France stage win.I did my best today, the 26-year-old Russian said. Im really happy now. Thank you to my team-mates, theyve been super. This result is not a surprise for me. In the first week, I also tried to go for it.Zakarin, who in 2009 was suspended for two years after he tested positive for the forbidden anabolic steroid methandienone, did not comment on the possibility that the entire Russian team will be banned from next months Olympics in Rio over allegations of state-sponsored doping.Im not following the news. Im reading. Im watching movies to be away from all the stress that does not concern me, Zakarin said.Katusha team general manager Viacheslav Ekimov, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong on the U.S. Postal team, added: We are talking about scandals, the samples which probably belong to cycling, but nobody knows where the samples come from. Mens cycling? Mountain bike? Womens cycling? We dont know. Its just speculation.Since November last year, Zakarin has been tested 12 times out of competition. All these tests have been conducted in European labs, in Paris, Lausanne. ... 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