Chris Froome is back in the yellow jersey. It probably takes the Tour de France back to a more standard kind of racing with Team Sky controlling the peloton from Laissac-Sévérac L'Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay throughout a very scenic route in the Aubrac and a spectacular finale. But this is not a standard stage. The category 1 col de Peyra-Taillade is unprecedented on the route of the Tour de France. It's another brutal one with gradients up to 14% and a summit above 1000m of altitude with 31km to go. Romain Bardet is one of the few riders who know the lumpy terrain of the Auvergne at perfection. He's on home soil. French fans urge him to win the Tour but it might as well be the ideal day for attackers like Lilian Calmejane.
A new climb to disturb the routine
Sporting stakes16.07.2017Stage 15- Laissac-Sévérac l'Église / Le Puy-en-Velay
Bauke Mollema has waited for his seventh participation to the Tour de France to claim his first stage victory one year after stepping down from the second place overall to the eleventh in the last two days in the mountains. Lined up as a domestique for Alberto Contador after finishing seventh in the Giro d'Italia, the 30 year old Dutchman from Trek-Segafredo soloed to victory after the grueling climb to Peyra Taillade. Hampered by a mechanical in a crucial moment of the race, Chris Froome...
“I broke a spoke coming into the bottom of the last climb. My wheel wasn't straight anymore so I think it was a broken spoke but I'm not sure. I'm grateful I was able to come across because it was a critical moment. Thanks to my team mates who helped me, I save myself. Many people were happy to distance Nairo Quintana. We still have difficult roads ahead of us, especially in the Alps. I've had a difficult day in the Pyrenees but I feel much better now. I hope to keep the yellow jersey...
jersey wearers after the stage 18
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