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Froome keeps jersey despite Mollema win

17 July 2017, 04:25 | Rudolph Thomas

Cycling > Tour de FranceVIDEO- Tour de France'The perfect day- Michael Matthews delight at hilltop win

The perfect day- Matthews delight at hilltop win

That put Aru, riding for Astana, six seconds ahead of the Englishman and primed for the biggest week of his career, which already includes a Grand Tour win - the 2015 Spanish Vuelta. The stage suits those who prepared in high-altitude given two-thirds of the race is above 1,000 meters. "Because of them, I think I became a better player, too", said Federer, who will turn 36 next month and is the oldest male champion at the All England Club in the Open era, which began in 1968. "To mark history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me just because of all of that, really".

"He's only a minute down now, just over a minute in fifth place €" that's fantastic for us.

As for the girls, he said: "They enjoy to watch a little bit".

Irishman Stephen Roche, the Tour victor in 1987, said he thought Landa was the biggest threat to Froome winning a fourth title. "Everything was good on our side". He has an 18 second-lead over Aru, with Bardet 51 seconds off the pace.

Their efforts split the peloton, and yellow jersey Froome was caught behind the split, with a mechanical further hindering his chase back on, 50 seconds behind Romain Bardet's team-mates.

Froome described the finish as "quite savage". They've all been around the block a few times, and maybe when they were younger in their earlier 20s, it would've taken some time. Sampras won all but one of his in the 1990s; Renshaw won each of his in the 1880s, when the previous year's victor advanced automatically to the final.

Froome also expects Contador to try and wreak havoc during Friday's shorter stage to Foix. With the way Froome and Team Sky are riding now, it's going to take a team effort to give someone else a shot at the overall lead.

"He's never shy to attack from far out".

"Bardet used the team properly, but then you're not going to distance Froome using the team mates who are already exhausted having ridden in the front all day".

Michael Matthews believes the call of nature may have prevented him from claiming a second-straight Tour de France stage victory. Descending the Mont du Chat, the Quick-Step Floors rider was with the leaders, but the crash could have easily dented his yellow jersey chances.

Kittel has lost only one sprint since the Tour started and has been in a class of his own since sprint rivals Mark Cavendish and Arnaud Demare left the race.

Those riders looking to compete for the top spot on Sunday will need to ensure they leave enough energy in reserve for the final 30 kilometres, which includes the second category-one climb and the fourth-category Cote de Saint-Vidal. Barguil covered the distance in 2 1/2 hours, half the time of some of the Tour's longer stages with twice as much road to cover.



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