Froome seizes yellow jersey with solo win in Pyrenees

11 Juillet, 2016, 13:28 | Auteur: Ruben Ruiz

Defending champion Chris Froome of Great Britain and two-time runner-up Nairo Quintana of Colombian finished in the main pack during the first stage in the Pyrenees.

Froome's Team Sky displayed its impressive collective strength throughout the four major ascents, preventing his main rivals from trying their luck in hot temperatures.

Among those who couldn't keep up with Froome on the final climb were French favorite Romain Bardet, top American hope Tejay van Garderen and Fabio Aru of Italy.

The Merseysider broke free some 27km from home, but once he had crested the Col d'Aspin alone it was smooth sailing on the descent to Lac de Payolle. The group behind was obviously on the limit so I just carried on, as you do, and I was able to win.

Yates lost considerable ground but he and the members of the bunch who were slowed down by the incident should not lose time, race director Thierry Gouvenou said.

"Old school bike racing - just fun", was how he described his effort afterwards. The complete peloton of 198 riders started the stage.

They were successful in that task though it took plenty of effort for them to achieve it.

BATHURST professional cyclist Mark Renshaw and his Dimension Data team have continued to enjoy a superb start to the Tour de France.

Van Avermaet, riding for BMC, leads Adam Yates of Britain by 5 minutes, 50 seconds.

Dessert: Back on the delightful terrace at Viscos, it's time for "soupe de peches" - peach soup - a refreshing summer pudding made with fresh peaches, light cream and bits of pistachio.

He needed stitches to a cut on his chin after tumbling over the spider and landing on the tarmac.

"This guy in particular was running right next to my head and had a flag flapping behind him". Many, including reigning champion Chris Froome, were forced to a standstill as they tried to navigate the fallen arch. Then there is one more stage in the Pyrenees on Tuesday, a 197-kilometer (122-mile) leg from Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra, to Revel, France.

"You really kind of think of Graham Obree and that eccentric British element", Sky team principal Sir Dave Brailsford said.

"A spectator came too close to the structure and with his belt he caught it on the cable", Amaury Sport Organisation communications manager Philippe Sudres told cyclingnews.com.

Cummings latest breakaway success - his fourth of the season - will add fuel to the controversy over his recent non-selection for the GB cycling squad for Rio's very hilly Olympic road-race course.

The footage shows the arch collapse just as Yates is about to go through, giving him no chance of stopping - nor the rider on the motorbike who is filming the footage.

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