Friday 19 January 2018

Froome falters

Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey crosses the finish line during the twelfth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 214.5 kilometers (133.3 miles) with start in Pau and finish in Peyragudes, France. Photo: AP
Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey crosses the finish line during the twelfth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 214.5 kilometers (133.3 miles) with start in Pau and finish in Peyragudes, France. Photo: AP

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Events in the Tour de France took a dramatic twist yesterday as Chris Froome lost the yellow jersey to Italian Fabio Aru.

Froome and Team Sky seemed in control for 213 of the stage's 214km trek through the Pyrenees, with the squad keeping a relentless high pace.

But on the ultra-steep final ascent to Peyragudes airfield, when Aru launched an explosive attack and then France's Romain Bardet followed him up the road, Froome veered right as he struggled to keep his gear turning.

Froome finally completed the stage in seventh place, 22 seconds down on stage winner Bardet. Crucially, he was 20 seconds down on Aru, meaning that the Italian has claimed the yellow.

"The finish was very hard, I just didn't have the legs, but there's a long way to go," Froome said. "I have to congratulate Bardet, that was a very nice attack. I didn't have the legs."

Irish Independent

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