Monday, 25 September, 2017

Tour de France 2017: stage 15

Kayla Schwartz | 17 July, 2017, 16:28

Chris Froome survived a scare to retain the yellow jersey as Bauke Mollema won a thrilling stage 15 of the Tour de France on Sunday.

But after a mad 20km chase, he latched back onto the group ahead, with Landa, who had stayed alongside the other favourites, dropping back at the last moment to help Froome bridge up after Sergio Henao and Mikel Nieve had provided most of the chase effort.

Dutchman Mollema attacked from the remnants on the breakaway in the closing stages of the 189.5-kilometre stage from Laissac-Severac L'Eglise to take his first career Tour win. "I wasn't sure if I'd get back on again", the Brit said.

Chris Froome has reached the final week of the 2017 Tour de France still in the lead but, once again, his grip on the race teetered on the edge of real trouble.

Frank, who finished eighth at the Tour in 2015 when riding for IAM Cycling, said that he hasn't detected any flaws in Froome, but is optimistic that he and his team can put the Brit's yellow jersey under threat.

"I've worked for it so hard in the last few years, that was a big goal for me". Teammate Michal Kwiatkowski gave him his wheel.

King of the Mountains (Polka Dot Jersey): Frenchman Warren Barguil (Sunweb) added to an nearly unassailable lead today in the competition for the race's best climber. Porte fractured a hip and a collarbone, while Martin, though hurt, was able to continue despite losing time on the leaders. Federer was, as he'd been all tournament, flawless, the first man in 41 years to win Wimbledon without ceding a set. Aru is just 18 seconds behind Froome while Bardet is behind only 23 seconds.

Sunday weather: Partly sunny, with highs in the upper 70s
Friday ends the week with mostly sunny skies, it remains hot in the low 90s, and there is a chance for evening storms. While a stray shower or thunderstorm can't be ruled out today or tomorrow, most locations will stay hot and dry.

A well-earned day of rest for the tired riders ahead of next week's six concluding stages. It's a shame I got second place but I performed to my maximum.

"I think you can do it successfully, but not for GC", White said.

Froome's response to his broken spoke amounted to a major show of strength from the Sky leader, who managed to close a 50-second gap even as five of Bardet's AG2R team mates were piling on the pressure at the front.

His rivals are now smelling blood, especially with two other big names - Spain's Alberto Contador and Colombian Nairo Quintana out of contention.

Dutch rider Bauke Mollema claimed the 15th Tour de France stage for Trek-Segafredo.

"It's incredible", the rider for the Sunweb team said. A late surge from Martin saw the Quick-Step Floors rider climb to fifth, ahead of Landa.

With six stages to go, including a time-trial at Marseille's Velodrome and the processional finish in Paris, Martin has realistically just two mountains stages in the Pyrennes to force his way onto the podium in Paris.

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