Stage 15 Tour scare for Froome

Sunday's 189.5km stage is perhaps the most handsome on this year's race, which organisers believe will showcase "exceptional landscapes that highlight the charm of France" as it passes through the stunning Massif Central mountain range.

"It's clear we have to move on those two days in the Alps - we have high hopes for those two stages", said Jurdie.

Despite riding in support of Chris Froome, Landa has been impressive in mountain stages and was stronger than Froome last week in the Pyrenees when the Team Sky leader struggled in the ascent to Peyragudes.

The day's big loser was Fabio Aru, the Astana leader, who cracked in the last 500 meters and relinquished the coveted tunic to the three-time champion.

Bennett stayed near the front, finishing 22 seconds behind Australian stage victor Michael Matthews.

Approaching the 50 kilometres to go mark, the French team were grouped en masse at the front of the main group, forcing the pace, their efforts rewarded as defending champion Froome lost contact. He finished hot on the heels of Matthews.

Froome had lost the jersey to Aru in the opening Pyrenean stage, but normal service resumed on Saturday when he was the first of the overall favorites over the line.

For a full breakdown of the remaining stage schedule, visit the race's official website.

"All the team did nice work", Landa said.

"He was on his own, isolated", Fofonov said.

We still have hard roads ahead of us, especially in the Alps. And then he took 20 more at today's intermediate sprint, with zero for Kittel. Frenchman Bardet stays in third, 23 seconds behind, while fourth-placed Colombia rider Rigoberto Uran of Cannondale trails Froome by 29 seconds. "I had to get back by the top of the climb".

"I think that Froome, given that he has won the Tour de France three times, is the favourite and has the experience to win this year too", Aru said. He thanked his teammates for their essential role in keeping him at the front, allowing him to pounce on the final climb while Aru was stuck.

"I was personally gutted for him", said Rowe. "There are gaps everywhere!"

I prefer to be ahead on GC at this point than having to make up time.

Further back, Froome realized that if he didn't catch them by the top, he might never do so. But Cilic netted a return, beginning a run of 17 points in a row that Federer won on his serve. He had a lead of 1:47 after Stage 14 in 2016, of 3:10 in 2015 and 2:28 in 2013.

Martin snatched back time on his general classification rivals on Friday's stage 13 into Foix and stage 15 to Le Puy-en-Velay on Sunday, spotting late opportunities and making them pay.

Froome said: "Well there's never a boring moment on this Tour". "Kwaitkowski gave me his wheel because the team vehicle was far away.We did all we could to return to the top of the race".

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