Relaxed Froome not fazed about losing yellow jersey to Martin
HAVING stayed safe on the treacherous cobblestones, Chris Froome cared little about conceding the race leader’s yellow jersey to Tony Martin on Tuesday’s fourth stage of an action- packed Tour de France.
last year’s race early, following three crashes in two days, Froome had good reason to be nervous given that this stage featured seven sections of cobbles.
But the nightmare scenario never materialised and the British rider repelled the at- tacks of defending Tour champion Vincenzo Nibali as the valiant Italian failed to claw back time on him.
“I wasn’t trying to show how strong I was on the cobbles today; it was about staying out of trouble,” Froome, the 2013 Tour champion, said. “Congratulations to Tony for his late attack.”
Relieved after cruising through the final paved section, Froome did not chase as the German rider peeled away some 3km ( 2 miles) from the line to clinch a fifth Tour stage win and take the yellow after narrowly missing it on stage 1.
“While Tony’s a great time trialist, he’s not going to be there in the mountains,” Froome said.
“I’m happy to see the jersey go to him rather than any of the big overall rivals. This is the perfect situation for us.”
Ferocious side- winds in stage 3, a huge crash on stage 4 that took down 20 riders and put five out of the race and Tuesday’s cobbles have presented riders with a dangerous cocktail of hazards. Froome has come through them with a healthy lead over his rivals.