Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Electronics | By Jesus Weaver

A day on the Tour de France

A day on the Tour de France

Chris Froome survived another scare in the Tour de France yesterday, his race lead emerging intact after an explosive finale to stage 15 among the volcanoes of the Cantal during which a damaged rear wheel almost cost him the yellow jersey.

The very next day he joined Alberto Contador in a breakaway and gained nearly two minutes on his own team leader by the finish, moving up to fifth overall, just over minute back.

Froome's Sky team-mate Mikel Landa is fifth at 1:17 with Dan Martin sixth at 1:26, although he lost 1:15 of that in a crash last Sunday when he was wiped out by Richie Porte. "I really thought that could be the yellow jersey changing shoulders again after today's stage". "We'd be ready for that", said Froome, adding that his team is "not going to allow anyone to come back on GC [General Classification]".

Bennett finished 32nd, 6min 25sec behind Dutch stage victor Bauke Mollema, with several of his rivals finishing ahead of him.

I've worked for it so hard in the last few years. "I had to give it my maximum to get back to the front of the race". It was nearly as if I had to attack just to get back.

Despite riding in support of Chris Froome, Landa has been impressive in mountain stages and was stronger than Froome last week in the Pyrenees when the Team Sky leader struggled in the ascent to Peyragudes.

"Ag2r-La Mondiale, with a numerical advantage, kept the pace high, however, and the gap to Barguil had closed to 6'40" as the Frenchman crested the summit with 32km to ride. "I'm very grateful for my teammates doing the work to help me". He now leads by18-second over Italy's Fabio Aru.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: "They all emptied themselves to get me back into the race". Federer was, as he'd been all tournament, flawless, the first man in 41 years to win Wimbledon without ceding a set.

But some have suggested that Landa is now a serious threat to three-time Tour victor Froome's status as Sky's team leader.

Landa is rumoured to be leaving Sky next year as he is unhappy at being a domestique for Froome and wants to try to win Grand Tours himself.

The Colombian Nairo Quintana, already struggling in the big Pyrenean stage on Thursday, has been dropped in Peyra Taillade. Stage 15 Results will be posted here as well as the GC Overall Standings.

Martin realises he is posing a greater threat overall as each day passes, saying: "I will just keep concentrated and focused Hopefully it is not me who has a bad day".

"I very rarely make a plan, it is just [about] opportunities", said Martin afterwards.

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

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