Chris Froome survives scare to retain Tour de France lead

  • Bauke Mollema powered home solo to win stage 15 of the Tour de France
  • Behind him there was drama for Chris Froome as he suffered a mechanical issue
  • Froome had to be paced up the penultimate climb after losing 45 seconds
  • Team Sky rallied around their leader and managed to ensure he stayed in yellow 

Chris Murphy For The Daily Mail

Chris Froome rescued his Tour de France hopes after they had looked to be disappearing into the ravines and gorges of the Massif Central yesterday.

Cut adrift after a broken spoke forced a wheel change, Froome was at one point 50 seconds behind close rivals Romain Bardet, Fabio Aru and Rigoberto Uran.

‘I panicked a little,’ said Froome, who clawed his way back to keep his 18-second lead. ‘I thought maybe, I wouldn’t be able to get back up to…

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