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szdaily -> Sports
Froome retains yellow jersey, Mollema  wins 15th stage
    2017-July-18  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CHRIS FROOME fought back from a bike breakdown to cling onto his race leader’s yellow jersey on the tricky 15th stage of the Tour de France, won Sunday with a courageous solo breakaway by Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands.

Mollema, a top-10 finisher at the Tours of 2013, 2014 and 2015, sped away on the descent from the Peyra Taillade climb and worked like a coal miner over the last 30 kilometers to stay out in front of a group of four riders who laid chase.

They couldn’t catch the Trek-Segafredo rider.

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

The back wheel of three-time Tour champion Froome broke at the worst possible time, just as the AG2R team of close rival Romain Bardet was picking up the pace ahead of the last big climb of the day, an 8.3-kilometer slog up the steep Col de Peyra Taillade — scaled for the very first time by the Tour.

By the time Froome had stopped, taken a wheel off his teammate Michal Kwiatkowski and got going again, Bardet’s group was already way ahead.

Aside from Bardet, other top riders were also in that group, including Fabio Aru and Rigoberto Uran.

Froome hared after them and, helped first by teammates Mikel Nieve and then by Mikel Landa, Froome worked furiously on the climb to reel in Bardet’s group — past cheering crowds with some people who booed him as he labored past them.

(SD-Agencies)

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