ARCALIS, Andorra — Through hail, heat and constant pressure from some of his main rivals, Chris Froome rode strong during the toughest stage in the Pyrenees of the Tour de France on Sunday.
The British rider's furious pedaling in an uphill finish padded his lead over several opponents and put him in control with the yellow jersey entering the race's first rest day.
"That was a tough stage, and the weather made it even tougher," Froome said. "One minute we were pouring water over our heads and ice packs down our backs, and the next minute there was ice falling from the sky.
"We were just trying to ride face down so the hail didn't hit our faces. It was...