The Witness - - SPORT -

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.

— Reuters.

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