Froome fights back from bike breakdown, retains yellow jersey

Flecha breaks down stage 14 summit finish

The stage itself was won by Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands, with a courageous solo breakaway at the front of the race.

He was then paced back to the group by team-mates Mikel Nieve and Mikel Landa of Spain. I had no option.

Battles against the clock tend to strongly favour Froome, but he will not be lulled into relying on the time trial to claw back time knowing that Cannondale-Drapac's Uran poses a strong threat in such a setting. Certainly the speed was probably at the highest point of the race, coming in to the foot of that last climb.

I'm grateful I was able to come across because it was a critical moment.

"To mark history here at Wimbledon really means a lot to me just because of all of that, really", he said.

"I am feeling better and better as the race goes on".

"If it's not, they were better than me, that's it".

It's not the first time Froome has found himself facing the ire and even hatred of fans by the roadside.

Romain Bardet on Monday hit out at French fans from his home region who jeered Tour de France leader Chris Froome. It was his first stage win.

"But, still, I think we put him in some trouble".

However, it was not just Froome's "great escape" that drove the compelling narrative.

George Bennett has held onto 11th place in the Tour de France after a solid ride in a tricky 14th stage.

In Mollema's wake came a peloton in tatters.

Federer won his eighth title at the All England Club and 19th major trophy overall, capping a marvelous fortnight in which he never dropped a set by overwhelming Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday in a lopsided final that was more coronation than contest. Aru had already been in the spotlight when he was accused of poor sportsmanship after attacking triple champion Chris Froome in controversial circumstances during stage nine. Kittel still has a 79-point advantage (373 to 294) but it's narrowing.

The big loser of the day was Colombia's Nairo Quintana, twice a runner-up to Froome, who was dropped on the Peyra Taillade climb and lost nearly four minutes by the finish to the other contenders, dropping from eighth to 11th at 6:16.

No longer in yellow, Sky's Chris Froome discusses an eventful stage 13 with Simon Yates of the Australian team Orica-Scott. He struggled badly on Thursday's Pyrenean stage, falling out of overall contention and when he was dropped early on Friday by the peloton, he chose to call it quits. "He is a super-strong rider and he showed today that he is really in control".

Irish rider Dan Martin moved up from sixth to fifth overall by powering ahead of the leaders' group in the final stretch. "But I made it!"

And once again, as he had done past year, Team Sky's Froome proved he has the panache to glean time wherever there is an opportunity to do so. "I saw everybody was on the limit, and after the downhill, everybody kind of stalled", he said afterwards.

"They all emptied themselves to get me back into the race".

"It was nearly as if I had to attack just to get back to the front group".

Sunday's outcome was only in doubt for about 20 minutes, the amount of time it took Federer to grab his first lead. But I expect some more aggressive racing in the Alps.

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