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Stressed Froome survives in yellow as Mollema wins stage

Stressed Froome survives in yellow as Mollema wins stage

In kph, the average speed of stage victor Bauke Mollema in the last 30km of the stage after the Dutchman went solo. Had he not been caught up in the crash which did for Richie Porte en route to Chambéry and lost 1min 15sec, the Irishman would have been an immediate threat to Chris Froome's yellow jersey; instead he is engaged in his own personal pursuit race, gaining time when the tiniest opening beckons.

I've worked for it so hard in the last few years. "I wasn't sure if I'd get back on again", the Brit said. It was either that or not going over the climb with the favourites.

"If I didn't get back in I wouldn't expect to be in yellow any more this evening". They did so much for me.

Froome was impressed. "He has ridden a very good race so far".

With Bardet being a local hero, roadside fans revelled in Froome's situation and reportedly jeered the Briton as he gave chase.

"I had a problem with a broken back wheel, my team auto was stuck behind so I had to take a wheel from Michal Kwiatkowski", Froome said afterward.

The German Tony Martin, alone in the lead, has stumbled on the very steep slope of Peyra Taillade, the collar of the first category, is located before the last 30 kilometres.

"I really think I had the legs to win today". "I'm so happy to win a stage at the Tour de France".

In Mollema's wake came a peloton in tatters.




Of the overall contenders, only Rigoberto Uran and Dan Martin stuck with Froome.

Under pressure: Chris Froome survived a tough day in the saddle. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Quick-Step Floors) +1:12'; 6.

You know who's in the top 10 overall, but what about the race's other competitions?

Chris Froome suffered his second mechanical problem at a critical point during a stage. Aru is just 18 seconds behind Froome while Bardet is behind only 23 seconds. Moreover, none of the riders breathing down Froome's neck in the overall standings had sufficient strength to attack before the yellow jersey regained contact. Porte fractured a hip and a collarbone, while Martin, though hurt, was able to continue despite losing time on the leaders.

I prefer to be ahead on GC at this point than having to make up time.

"There is a lot of trust, no doubt, no question", Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford said after the stage when asked about Landa's ambition.

Froome said he was in attack mode as he tried to get back on, riding solo through hostile crowds who made their preference for local boy Bardet clear. "For now I'm just happy to have the jersey and to have a rest day tomorrow". I have been nipping away at time and taking advantage of the situations.

"We've always battled, we've been there and you don't lose quality overnight", said the Movistar team leader.


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