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Jul 16

Tour de France: Chris Froome gives ‘maximum’ after suffering puncture

• Stage 15 won by Dutchman Bauke Mollema
• Froome retains yellow jersey ahead of rest day

Amidst a full-scale offensive by Romain Bardet’s AG2R team, Chris Froome survived a puncture at the foot of the key climb of Sunday’s stage across the Massif Central, won by the Dutchman Bauke Mollema. The Team Sky leader held on to his narrow lead, while conceding a few seconds to the Irishman Daniel Martin, but critically he and the other contenders for overall victory eliminated Nairo Quintana, who lost almost four minutes and dropped out of the top 10.

These are nervous days, with the Tour poised on a knife-edge and in the gorge of the river Allier, Froome could potentially have seen his chances of victory prejudiced when his back wheel broke just as Bardet and his team-mates had decided to pile on the pressure going into the technical valley roads leading to the 8.3 kilometre climb of Peyra Taillade.

Related: Tour de France 2017: Mollema wins stage 15 as Froome retains yellow jersey – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jul/16/tour-de-france-chris-froome-gives-maximum-after-suffering-puncture