Tour de France 2017: stage 15

The Coach The day for Boasson Hagen

Dutchman Mollema attacked from the remnants on the breakaway in the closing stages of the 189.5-kilometre stage from Laissac-Severac L'Eglise to take his first career Tour win.

In kph, the average speed of stage victor Bauke Mollema in the last 30km of the stage after the Dutchman went solo.

Chris Froome has reached the final week of the 2017 Tour de France still in the lead but, once again, his grip on the race teetered on the edge of real trouble.

Aru was the big victor in Peyragudes, where he took the yellow jersey for the first time after Froome cracked in the last 500 meters of the stage.

They were joined just before cresting the final climb by the counter-attackers, eventual stage victor Warren Barguil and Nairo Quintana, and stayed ahead on the 27km descent to the finish.

Froome needed a wheel change approaching the Col de Peyra Taillade, and lost nearly a minute before an 8km chase back to the main contenders. One team, however, AGR2 Mondiale, went on ahead to try to get their man, Bardet, the stage win, and nearly succeeded.

"It would have been really helpful to have done this before and to have been in this situation but suddenly you're in the spotlight and it's weird and something you thought you'd look forward to but in reality I'd much go under the radar and be able to do a bike race and not the other stuff that comes with it". It was nearly as if I had to attack just to get back.

Mikel Landa had stayed safe in the front group, but - despite being fifth overall himself - dropped back to help Froome and dragged the yellow jersey back to the group.

I broke a spoke coming into the bottom of the last climb.

Martin's first cousin Nicolas Roche enjoyed an impressive run on Sunday to finish sixth on the stage. On the steepest part of the climb Froome had to call back Landa from the group of a dozen favourites to ensure he regained contact. I needed a chance, but a lot of teams wanted to go up the road today.

"It's the hardest fought battle in terms of Tours de France I've done before", Froome said during Monday's rest day. "Welcome to hell", said a placard on the roadside on the climb; the principal victim was Nairo Quintana, who lost contact early on and was unable to hold Froome for more than a few metres when he and his team-mate Mikel Nieve came past in pursuit of the group.

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. In the 2015 Giro d'Italia, he had to be ordered by his team to wait for his then Astana leader Fabio Aru after going ahead solo in the colle delle Finestre.

"It's a handsome surprise today", said Froome, who lost his jersey after enduring a bad day on the road to the ski station of Peyragudes.

It left the LottoNL-Jumbo rider 6 minutes 39 seconds behind general classification leader Chris Froome. But I made it.

It was a stressful moment.

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