Froome retains yellow jersey, Mollema wins Tour de France stage

Froome retains yellow jersey, Mollema wins Tour de France stage

Froome retains yellow jersey, Mollema wins Tour de France stage

But why has that been?

Mollema held his arms out in a cross shape as he sped across the finish in Le Puy-en-Velay, the start of a famed Christian pilgrimage route to Spain.

LeMond also questioned the riders' desire to win the Tour.

Froome remains as the overall leader, with Italian national champion Fabio Aru still lying in second place 18 seconds behind.

Chris Froome admitted on Monday he wouldn't feel serene during Saturday's time trial in Marseille in the penultimate Tour de France stage unless he can take more time out of his rivals beforehand.

The widely agreed answer as to why the Tour is so tight among riders and teams is the parcours. "It's thanks to them I'm still in yellow this evening", Froome said.

Cheered on by partisan crowds on the 8.3-kilometer (5-mile) slog up the steep Col de Peyra Taillade - scaled for the very first time by the Tour - Bardet's French team AG2R put the hammer down.

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This year's race has shown that big time gaps over a single stage are nearly impossible to gain among the leaders, meaning they must seize every opportunity that comes along, no matter how small.

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Complementing that, there have been and are fewer summit finishes. From here to the July 23 finish in Paris, Aru will have to watch both like a hawk and not let either race off ahead of him in order to keep the famed yellow jersey.

By his own admission, Froome "just didn't have the legs" on the last of four climbs at the end of the 214.5 km slog that took almost six hours to complete and which has thrown the general classification wide open with a week still to go. Stage 15 Results will be posted here as well as the GC Overall Standings. Things got properly lumpy this week, with the race heading into the Pyrenees, before crossing the decidedly unflat middle part of France in an Alps-ward direction.

Another factor has been the number of sprint stages.

Racing for a team that is built more around sprinter Marcel Kittel - who has delivered five stage wins already - Martin is happy to operate as a free agent, spared the burdens of team leadership and expectation.

"If Froomey wins great, if Landa wins great, as long as one of them wins".

Froome lost yellow on stage 12 to Peyragudes on Thursday but reclaimed it 48 hours later.

This year's race has shown that big time gaps over a single stage are nearly impossible to gain amongst the leaders, meaning they must seize every opportunity that comes along, no matter how small.

Despite the encouraging week, Martin is clearly struggling in the aftermath of his crash.

Since then he has been suffering from pain in his back, yet has still gained time on Froome and numerous other front-runners. I don't need to win the Tour de France.

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