Tour de France: Kiwi George Bennett tweets frustration at drafting riders

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Chris Froome expected to lose the yellow jersey again when he needed a wheel change at a critical moment of yesterday's stage 15 of the Tour de France.

Tour de France 2017, Stage 15 begins on July 16th, 2017 at 7:30 AM EST from Laissac-Sévérac-l'Église and covers a distance of 189.5 km ending in Le Puy-en-Velay.

'AG2R (Bardet's team) were riding hard, but just before the climb I had a problem because my back wheel was broken. Stage victor Bauke Mollema was named most aggressive rider of the day and will wear a red bib number during Tuesday's stage.

Meanwhile, Chris Froome bounced back an early mechanical failure to pursue French rider Romain Bardet and hold on to the yellow jersey ahead of Italian Fabio Aru.

The one-day classics specialists had the stage victory in sight but sprinter Matthews stayed on their wheels on the last climb and outsprinted Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet, who ended up second two years after winning a Tour stage that ended in Rodez. Kwiatkowski gave me his wheel because the team vehicle was stuck behind.

After Federer raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set, Cilic cried while he was visited by a doctor and trainer, and during a later medical timeout, his left foot was retaped by the trainer. There are two likely sprint finishes left and a possible third, all of which favor Kittel, so Matthews would have to score serious points on stages 16 and 17, with Kittel drawing nearly none, to really have any shot at taking the lead. One team, however, AGR2 Mondiale, went on ahead to try to get their man, Bardet, the stage win, and nearly succeeded. "For four successive days, he has cut away at the time lost last weekend and is now in fifth place, just 1' 12" behind Froome, and 49 seconds behind third-placed Roman Bardet.

All the key protagonists for the overall race finished together, around six minutes behind Mollema, with riders further back in the general classification scattered in between.


Yet the Briton was able to get back in the pack and finish with the same time as Aru and Bardet, whose AG2R La Mondiale team was chiefly responsible for the initial attack.

"If I didn't get back in I wouldn't expect to be in yellow any more this evening. I think it's great that the fans are getting so into it and involved".

The Tour de France is the world's biggest and most iconic cycling race.

"It's incredible", the rider for the Sunweb team said.

Sky sent Froome's teammate, Mikel Landa, racing off ahead on the first climb in a quick succession of three tough ascents. But I made it.

His rivals are now smelling blood, especially with two other big names - Spain's Alberto Contador and Colombian Nairo Quintana out of contention.

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