Bardet, Aru and Uran missed chance of a lifetime to win Tour

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 17, 2017

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.

After Saturday's transition away from the Pyrenees, Stage 15 features a much more difficult-to-navigate journey from Laissac-Severac l'Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay in south-central France.

In kph, the average speed of stage victor Bauke Mollema in the last 30km of the stage after the Dutchman went solo. 'I'm so happy. I've worked for it so hard in the last few years'. "Kwaitkowski gave me his wheel because the team vehicle was far away.We did all we could to return to the top of the race".

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This year's race has shown that big time gaps over a single stage are nearly impossible to gain amongst the leaders, meaning they must seize every opportunity that comes along, no matter how small.

The 30-year-old escaped from the remnants of a breakaway to claim his career first Tour stage triumph following a title bid at the Giro he finished seventh overall at this year.

As a result, the top of the overall standings remains unchanged, Froome leading by 18 seconds from Astana's Fabio Aru with Bardet a further seven seconds back.

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GC leader Chris Froome's Team Sky had no intentions of bringing the large selection back, as the highest-placed rider within the move, Damiano Caruso (BMC) was over 11 minutes down.

After today's rest day there are two key mountain stages on Wednesday and Thursday, including the final summit finish to the 2,360metre Col d'Izoard.

Froome was keen to thank all of his team-mates for their help, but it was the sight of Landa dropping back which was most notable.

Dan Martin is on course to record the best finish of an Irish cyclist in the Tour de France since his uncle Stephen Roche won the race in 1987. "I think it's great that the fans are getting so into it and involved". A late surge from Martin saw the Quick-Step Floors rider climb to fifth, ahead of Landa.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) had a rough day, losing nearly four minutes in the GC battle and moving down to 11th overall. Landa, after his controversial Stage 12 distancing of team leader Froome, dropped back from the group of GC contenders and was critical in Froome's return to the group.

"I very rarely make a plan, it is just [about] opportunities", said Martin afterwards. Then I just gave it a try in the last 30km.

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