Froome takes back Tour de France yellow jersey from Aru

Marsha Scott
July 18, 2017

Froome, a three-time victor of the Tour, remains 18 seconds clear of Astana's Italian rider Fabio Aru. "But it's not quite like that here, so one day hopefully they'll understand", Federer said about his boys.

The 2017 Tour de France will return on Tuesday after a second rest day. But Astana team director Dmitryi Fofonov said the Italian climber simply paid for his efforts in the previous days. "Because of them, I think I became a better player too", said Federer. "I really thought that could be the yellow jersey changing shoulders again after today's stage, so very, very grateful to my teammates for getting me back to the front of the race", Froome said. Not without irony, Aru was the major beneficiary of Froome's failure to cope with a brutal finish to stage 12 from Pau to Peyragudes. Aru is just 18 seconds behind Froome while Bardet is behind only 23 seconds.

Uran remains fourth but closed in to 29sec off the lead, with Martin also gaining six seconds and now at 1:26 in sixth, just behind Froome's Sky team-mate Mikel Landa at 1:17. "We know it's a very, very, very hard task faced with such a tough opponent as Froome, but I think we have the keys to turn some things around".

"Everyone needs a lead of more than one minute going into that time trial with Froome", White said.

Froome had lost the jersey to Aru in the opening Pyrenean stage, but normal service resumed on Saturday when he was the first of the overall favorites over the line.

JOHN TREVORROW is a multiple Australian champion road racer and Olympian who has been doing media commentary at the Tour de France for more than 20 years.

Froome has never faced such a close battle at this stage of the race.

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I prefer to be ahead on GC at this point than having to make up time.

The first occurred on a key climb of last Sunday's ninth stage to Chambery.

Denmark's Fuglsang was expected to challenge for overall victory after winning the chief pre-Tour warm-up event, the Criterium du Dauphine in June.

Froome suffered a mechanical problem 50km from the end of the 189.5km 15th stage from Laissac-Severac l'Eglise to Le Puy en Velay that saw him drop 50 seconds behind his main rivals at one point. They'll need to continue to attack the Sky leader in the mountains, and hope that the defending champion has another bad day.

And Froome, who was seventh on the stage one sec behind the victor, said: "It's great to be back in yellow". Strangely enough, Aru didn't seem to get much help from his team and left on an island, Froome would sail past him to retake the lead and the yellow jersey.

Cilic said afterward he developed a painful blister on his left foot during his semifinal Friday, and that affected his ability to move properly or summon the intimidating serves that carried him to his lone Grand Slam title at the 2014 U.S. Open, where he surprisingly beat Federer in straight sets in the semifinals.

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