FROOME KEEPS HIS COOL TO RETAIN YELLOW JERSEY
CHRIS Froome survived an attempted coup by Romain Bardet’s AG2RLa Mondiale team in a treacherous 15th stage to retain the Tour de France overall leader’s yellow jersey yesterday.
Dutchman Bauke Mollema, the strongest and smartest of the breakaway riders, won the 189,5 km stage from LaissacSeverac L’Eglise but the action was elsewhere. Defending cham pion Froome was first caught at the end of a split caused by French team AG2RLa Mondiale, who continued to press the pedals when the race leader suffered a mechanical problem shortly before the key climb of the day. The Team Sky leader kept his cool, however, and powered his way back to stay on top of the general classification with an 18second advantage over Italian Fa bio Aru.
Bardet stays third 23 seconds off the pace. Colombian Rigoberto Uran is fourth six seconds further back.
A week after Aru had attacked just as he suffered a mechanical problem, Briton Froome again had trouble with his bike and, as the race was on, none of the main contenders waited for him.