Tour de France: Dan Martin's late move moves him to fifth

Bardet the Frenchman won the stage by two seconds from Uran and Aru

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.

The stage win went to Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) after he went clear of his breakaway companions.

Froome now leads the race by 19sec from Aru with Romain Bardet third at 23sec having also lost four seconds to Froome in the finish, although gained two on the yellow jersey.

Tour leader Chris Froome (Sky) admitted that he feared being unable to re-join the group of rivals after a spoke in his rear wheel broke with 38 kilometres to go after Bardet and his Ag2r-La Mondiale team begun riding hard.

They were joined by a further 18 riders as the race reached the second of four climbs of the day, which came with almost 100km remaining.

And on Friday he was at it again, chasing off after Alberto Contador in the day's break and gaining nearly two minutes on Froome and race leader Fabio Aru. Former world champion and this year's Milano-Sanremo victor, Kwiatkowski remained cool and put his rear wheel in Sky's number 1 bike for Froome. They even got a cherry on top, with French rider Warren Barguil winning the stage on Bastille Day - the first tricolor victory on France's national holiday since David Moncoutie in 2005. "I am very grateful for my teammates doing the work to help me".

"I don't think I'm sick or anything, I think I just picked up a cold and I think I can shake it in the rest day and be back into it on the Alps".

"The GC (overall) time, I've ignored it, it's happened". Certainly the speed was probably at the highest point of the race, coming in to the foot of that last climb.

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"I can't say the plan at the start of the day was to attack, I just seized the opportunity".

Bardet's AG2R La Mondiale team had upped the pace as the category one Peyra Taillaide approached with 40km left, and had already distanced Froome once before the Team Sky man was forced to pull over.

Expect Froome to maintain his lead in the GC ahead of the mountains. On the steepest part of the climb Froome had to call back Landa from the group of a dozen favourites to ensure he regained contact.

Race leader Chris Froome survived a scare on a gruelling 15th stage of the Tour de France. In Peyragudes, his lethal acceleration earned him the stage win. I needed a chance, but a lot of teams wanted to go up the road today.

The day's big loser was Fabio Aru, the Astana leader, who cracked in the last 500 meters and relinquished the coveted tunic to the three-time champion.

He added of Sunday's stage: "It will be all hands on deck because it will be a war".

It left the LottoNL-Jumbo rider 6 minutes 39 seconds behind general classification leader Chris Froome. I panicked a little bit, it was a bit of a stressful moment.

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