Mollema wins Tour de France 15th stage, Froome keeps yellow
Jul 18 2017
He started the day six seconds ahead of the three-time champion but, before yesterday's 15th stage, trailed Froome by 18 seconds after coming home 30th overall, 25sec behind stage 14 victor Michael Matthews of Team Sunweb. "But it's not quite like that here, so one day hopefully they'll understand", Federer said about his boys.
In the 2015 Tour de France, Froome was spat at and had urine thrown at him due to doping allegations.
The reigning champion has just signed a new two-year contract that keeps him at Team Sky until 2020, a show of commitment, he says, after a hard time for the racing outfit following a UK Anti-Doping investigation.
"It's really awesome, I'm so happy to win a stage at the Tour de France", Mollema said.
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Ahead of Monday's second rest day, Martin saw one final opportunity to lessen the gap, and he did so by finishing 14 seconds clear of Froome on Sunday's stage.
"Chris had the same thing past year when he had to run up Mont Ventoux and he got his time back".
Froome took a quick wheel change from Michal Kwiatkowski before Mikel Nieve and Sergio Henao helped pace him up the climb.
"It's the biggest thing that could happen to me", he said.
However, Froome and his team must keep eyes on his main contenders.
The 30-year-old even snatched a place in the standings, moving above Froome's Sky team-mate Mikel Landa into fifth, now 1min 12sec behind Froome - Martin lost 1:15 a week earlier when taken out by a crashing Richie Porte on a hazardous descent and has even been suffering from back pain ever since.
In fourth is Rigoberto Uran, who stuck with Froome on the final climb.
JOHN TREVORROW is a multiple Australian champion road racer and Olympian who has been doing media commentary at the Tour de France for more than 20 years. Christian Prudhomme, the race director, said at the route's unveiling last October that it should entice more attacks and prevent one team (pointedly, Sky) from controlling the race.
Matthews, who beat Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet in the sprint to claim his second stage win at the Tour, said he'd targeted the stage win all year, and trained specifically for the last climb.
He and his Sky team-mates will be far more wary on Sunday's 15th stage from Laissac-Severac l'Eglise to Le Puy en Velay than previous leader Fabio Aru's Astana outfit were on the run-in to Rodez, where the Italian was badly caught out. The thrillingly tight grouping at the top promises vigorous battles between them in the last week of racing.
Froome said: "Well there's never a boring moment on this Tour".
Froome's teammate, Luke Rowe, said the British squad riders were "very disappointed" when the team leader relinquished the yellow jersey to Aru in the Pyrenees, having worn it for seven days.