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Cycling | Tour de France

Bauke Mollema © Getty Images

Mollema wins stage, Froome survives coup



Chris Froome survived an attempted coup by Romain Bardet's AG2R-La Mondiale team in a treacherous 15th stage to retain the Tour de France overall leader's yellow jersey on Sunday.

Dutchman Bauke Mollema, the strongest and smartest of the breakaway riders, won the 189.5km stage from Laissac-Severac L'Eglise but the action was elsewhere.

Defending champion Froome was first caught at the end of a split caused by French team AG2R-La Mondiale, who continued to press the pedals when the race leader suffered a mechanical problem shortly before the key climb of the day.

The Team Sky leader kept his cool, however, and powered his way back to stay on top of the general classification with an 18-second advantage over Italian Fabio Aru.

Bardet, who enjoyed huge crowd support in his home region in the Massif Central, stays third 23 seconds off the pace. Colombian Rigoberto Uran is fourth six seconds further back.

A week after Aru had attacked just as he suffered a mechanical problem, Briton Froome again had trouble with his bike and, as the race was on, none of the main contenders waited for him.

AG2R-La Mondiale accelerated suddenly at the front of the peloton with some 45km left and Froome and some of his teammates were trapped at the wrong end of the split.

Froome suffered a mechanical problem and was assisted by teammate Michal Kwiatkowski. Mikel Nieve and Vasil Kiryienka pulled Froome as they trailed Bardet's group, which contained Aru and Rigoberto Uran, by 45 seconds.

The Briton made up the time on the ascent of the Col de Peyra Taillade, an 8.3km climb at an average gradient of 7.4 percent.

Bardet and Aru jumped away on the climb but were easily reined in.

Ireland's Dan Martin pedalled away on a flat section after the descent to gain 12 seconds on Froome and the other favourites, according to provisional results.

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RESULTS

1. Bauke Mollema (Netherlands / Trek-Segafredo) 4:41:47"
2. Diego Ulissi (Italy / UAE Team Emirates) +19"
3. Tony Gallopin (France / Lotto-Soudal)
4. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia / LottoNL-Jumbo)
5. Warren Barguil (France / Team Sunweb) +23"
6. Nicolas Roche (Ireland / BMC Racing Team) +1:00"
7. Lilian Calmejane (France / Direct Energie) +1:04"
8. Jan Bakelants (Belgium / AG2R La Mondiale)
9. Thibaut Pinot (France / FDJ)
10. Serge Pauwels (Belgium / Team Dimension Data)
11. Tiesj Benoot (Belgium / Lotto-Soudal)
12. Damiano Caruso (Italy / BMC Racing Team)
13. Daniel Navarro (Spain / Cofidis, Solutions Credits)
14. Pierre-Luc Perichon (France / Fortuneo-Oscaro) +1:12"
15. Amael Moinard (France / BMC Racing Team)
16. Michael Matthews (Australia / Team Sunweb) +5:04"
17. Maurits Lammertink (Netherlands / Katusha-Alpecin) +5:07"
18. Luis Angel Mate (Spain / Cofidis, Solutions Credits) +5:14"
19. Romain Hardy (France / Fortuneo-Oscaro)
20. Tony Martin (Germany / Katusha-Alpecin)
21. Alessandro De Marchi (Italy / BMC Racing Team) +5:40"
22. Thomas De Gendt (Belgium / Lotto-Soudal) +6:11"
23. Tsgabu Grmay (Ethiopia / Bahrain-Merida)
24. Simon Geschke (Germany / Team Sunweb)
25. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Quick-Step Floors)
26. Robert Kiserlovski (Croatia / Katusha-Alpecin) +6:20"
27. Simon Yates (Britain / Orica-Scott) +6:25"
28. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky)
29. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia / Cannondale-Drapac)
30. Alexis Vuillermoz (France / AG2R La Mondiale)

General Classification

1. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) 64:40:21"
2. Fabio Aru (Italy / Astana Pro Team) +18"
3. Romain Bardet (France / AG2R La Mondiale) +23"
4. Rigoberto Uran (Colombia / Cannondale-Drapac) +29"
5. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Quick-Step Floors) +1:12"
6. Mikel Landa (Spain / Team Sky) +1:17"
7. Simon Yates (Britain / Orica-Scott) +2:02"
8. Louis Meintjes (South Africa / UAE Team Emirates) +5:09"
9. Alberto Contador (Spain / Trek-Segafredo) +5:37"
10. Damiano Caruso (Italy / BMC Racing Team) +6:05"
11. Nairo Quintana (Colombia / Movistar Team) +6:16"
12. George Bennett (New Zealand / LottoNL-Jumbo) +6:39"
13. Warren Barguil (France / Team Sunweb) +8:48"
14. Pierre Latour (France / AG2R La Mondiale) +13:41"
15. Mikel Nieve (Spain / Team Sky) +14:52"
16. Alexis Vuillermoz (France / AG2R La Mondiale) +14:54"
17. Emanuel Buchmann (Germany / BORA-hansgrohe) +19:37"
18. Carlos Betancur (Colombia / Movistar Team) +22:17"
19. Brice Feillu (France / Fortuneo-Oscaro) +27:08"
20. Tiesj Benoot (Belgium / Lotto-Soudal) +30:10"

Mountain Classification

1. Warren Barguil (France / Team Sunweb) 116
2. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia / LottoNL-Jumbo) 38
3. Thomas De Gendt (Belgium / Lotto-Soudal) 36
4. Mikel Landa (Spain / Team Sky) 33
5. Alexis Vuillermoz (France / AG2R La Mondiale) 28
6. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) 25
7. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Quick-Step Floors) 23
8. Fabio Aru (Italy / Astana Pro Team) 22
9. Alberto Contador (Spain / Trek-Segafredo) 22
10. Steve Cummings (Britain / Team Dimension Data) 20

Points Classification

1. Marcel Kittel (Germany / Quick-Step Floors) 373
2. Michael Matthews (Australia / Team Sunweb) 294
3. Andre Greipel (Germany / Lotto-Soudal) 187
4. Alexander Kristoff (Norway / Katusha-Alpecin) 158
5. Sonny Colbrelli (Italy / Bahrain-Merida) 128
6. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Norway / Team Dimension Data) 115
7. Dylan Groenewegen (Netherlands / LottoNL-Jumbo) 94
8. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Quick-Step Floors) 89
9. Chris Froome (Britain / Team Sky) 86
10. Fabio Aru (Italy / Astana Pro Team) 78



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