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Froome retains yellow jersey, Mollema wins Tour de France stage

Froome retains yellow jersey, Mollema wins Tour de France stage

After the summit, the Dutchman Bauke Mollema has emerged to reach the finish solo.

Riders will tackle Stage 16 as competitors attempt to reduce the lead held by Team Sky's Chris Froome in the general classification standings on a relatively flat stage covering 165 kilometres. The first occurred on a key climb of last Sunday's ninth stage to Chambery.

Not feeling 100 per cent on stage 15, Bennett said the second rest day could not have come at a more flawless time.

In the closing kilometres to this town on the Santiago de Compostela pilgrim trail, Martin was the only one of the magic circle immediately behind Froome to gain the slightest amount of time, once Romain Bardet's attempt to put the race leader under pressure had been snuffed out.

Federer last won the grass-court major in 2012, but he took the Australian Open title this year before skipping the French Open to focus on the remainder of the season.

And Froome, who was seventh on the stage one sec behind the victor, said: "It's great to be back in yellow".

"I don't think I'm sick or anything, I think I just picked up a cold and I think I can shake it in the rest day and be back into it on the Alps".

"I just stayed in the first group, and when he was closer, I waited a little bit and we came back together", said Landa, who dropped a place from fifth to sixth overall at the finish after a late attack by Dan Martin.

Aru suffered the blow of losing one of the strongest Astana riders, Jakob Fuglsang, during the stage, the last of two in the Pyrenees. Froome sits 18 seconds ahead of second-placed Fabio Aru. With the Spaniard struggling apart from a strong ride on the stage to Foix, Trek have lowered their sights to getting in breakaways and targeting stage wins.

"Bardet, Aru, Uran, lost the chance of a lifetime", LeMond, who is on the Tour as an analyst for Eurosport, said in his daily chat with Reuters.

"I thought I might not see the lead again".

"Every seconds counts. It's a fight for every second this year and it's going to be a war with a surprise every day and I know I am not going to be safe until we get to Paris".

Bardet's AG2R La Mondiale team had upped the pace as the category one Peyra Taillaide approached with 40km left, and had already distanced Froome once before the Team Sky man was forced to pull over.

Brailsford said: "I'm much happier if the Tour de France is not settled by time penalties".

Nairo Quintana's bid for Tour glory this year looks to be over after he cracked on the Peyra Taillaide and tumbled out of the top 10.

But he could not build on the momentum and was isolated in the finale of the Rodez stage, handing overall lead back to Froome after only two days in yellow.

The very next day he joined Alberto Contador in a breakaway and gained nearly two minutes on his own team leader by the finish, moving up to fifth overall, just over minute back.

"I'm waiting for an opportunity to create a time difference", Bardet said. After he switched wheels, he relied on his teammates in what he called an "extremely stressful" moment.


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