Bike prob­lem nearly de­rails Froome on Stage 15

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

LE PUY-EN-VE­LAY, France — Chris Froome has fought back from a bike break­down to cling onto his race leader’s yel­low jersey on the tricky Stage 15 of the Tour de France, won with a coura­geous solo break­away by Bauke Mollema of the Nether­lands. Three-time Tour cham­pion Froome suf­fered a back­wheel prob­lem at the worst pos­si­ble time, just as the AG2R team of close ri­val Ro­main Bardet was pick­ing up the pace ahead of the last big climb of the day, an 8.3-kilo­me­tre slog up the steep col de Peyra Tail­lade — scaled for the very first time by the Tour.

By the time Froome had stopped, taken a wheel off his team­mate Michal Kwiatkowski and got go­ing again, Bardet’s group was al­ready way ahead. Froome had to work fu­ri­ously to catch them.

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