Froome retains yellow jersey as Mollema wins stage 15

Froome retains yellow jersey as Mollema wins stage 15

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Britain’s Chris Froome brilliantly recovered from a puncture to defend his slender Tour de France lead from a blistering attack on stage 15. Froome took roughly 30 seconds to swap a back wheel shortly after Romain Bardet’s AG2R La Mondiale team had put the defending champion in difficulty. But he rallied and managed to rejoin his rivals on the category one climb with a monumental effort aided by his fellow Team Sky rider Mikel Landa, before Bauke Mollema went on to claim stage victory in a daring solo break. Mollema attacked from a leading group with over 30km to go on Sunday’s 189.5km ride from Laissac-Severac l’Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay, and the Dutchman held on for his first stage win at the Tour.