Bauke Mollema

Bike Problem Nearly Derails Froome On Stage 15

If Chris Froome rides into Paris next Sunday with the Tour de France's famed yellow jersey still on his shoulders, it will be impossible to argue that he didn't earn the win.

In another day of drama Sunday in a 104th Tour full of twists, Froome broke a back-wheel spoke at the worst possible time on Stage 15 — just as his top rivals were picking up speed in front of him going into yet another punishing climb.

By the time Froome had stopped, taken a wheel off his teammate Michal Kwiatkowski and got going again, they were long gone, already about one minute down the road.

Froome had two choices: pour all his energy into catching them or lose his overall race lead and the...

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