Sport Chris Froome loses Tour lead to Fabio Aru as Romain Bardet claims stage 12

18:38  13 july  2017
18:38  13 july  2017 Source:   Press Association

Chris Froome loses yellow jersey to Fabio Aru as Romain Bardet wins stage

  Chris Froome loses yellow jersey to Fabio Aru as Romain Bardet wins stage Chris Froome surrendered the yellow jersey to Fabio Aru as Romain Bardet won stage 12 of the Tour de France in Peyragudes. Three-time Tour winner Froome faded badly on the brutal final climb of the 214.5km stage from Pau while Aru finished third to take the final bonus seconds on offer.The Italian national champion now leads the Tour by six seconds from Froome, with Frenchman Bardet closing to within 25 seconds of yellow in third place overall.

Fabio Aru has a big task ahead to battle Chris Froome for the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. And although he holds the race leader’s yellow jersey after nine stages , his lead over Aru is a Of course he will follow Fabio [ Aru ] or [third-placed Romain ] Bardet , or whoever is close to him in GC.”

Chris Froome finished third on a breathless stage nine to extend his overall lead in the Tour de France. Heading into the first rest day Froome leads the race by a still slender 18 seconds over Fabio Aru (Astana), with Bardet in third, now 51 seconds back.

Fabio Aru is the new leader of the Tour de France: Cycling - 2013 Giro D'Italia - Preview Day - Naples © PA ARCHIVE IMAGES Cycling - 2013 Giro D'Italia - Preview Day - Naples

Chris Froome surrendered the yellow jersey to Fabio Aru as Romain Bardet won stage 12 of the Tour de France in Peyragudes.

Froome faded badly on the brutal final climb of the 214.5km stage from Pau while Aru finished third to take the final bonus seconds on offer.

The Italian national champion now leads the Tour by six seconds from Froome, with Bardet closing to within 25 seconds of yellow in third place overall.

A tough day in the mountains finished with a climb of the airstrip at Peyragudes, only a few hundred metres long but with gradients nearing 20 per cent.

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The group of favourites came to the foot of the climb together, but after Aru struck out first, Froome struggled to respond.

Frenchman Bardet timed his attack to perfection, taking victory ahead of Aru and Colombian Rigoberto Uran, both two seconds back but picking up bonus seconds.

Froome finished a lowly seventh, 22 seconds behind Bardet.

Irishman Dan Martin was sixth, 13 seconds behind the winner while Simon Yates came home ninth in the best young riders' white jersey, but gave up 20 seconds to rival Louis Meintjes.

It is the second time in his career that Froome has lost the yellow jersey mid-race, having lost it after stage four in 2015.

Team Sky had held the yellow jersey since Geraint Thomas' time trial win in Dusseldorf on the opening day.

Froome began the day with an 18-second lead over Aru and 51-second advantage over Bardet, but the picture looks radically different ahead of Friday's short stage from Saint-Girons to Foix, which has the potential to change the shape of the race once again.

The fireworks in the fight for yellow came after Stephen Cummings fell short in a bid for a solo win on the 50th anniversary of Tom Simpson's death during the 1967 Tour.

Cummings had been part of a 12-man break which went away early on the stage, and he attacked solo on the climb of the Port de Bales, staying clear until midway up the Col de Peyresourde, caught with eight kilometres of the stage remaining.

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Chris Froome has backed himself to stay in the yellow jersey and gain more time in Saturday's time trial in Marseille despite conceding four seconds to Romain Bardet on the Col d'Izoard.Chris Froome has backed himself to stay in the yellow jersey and gain more time in Saturday's time trial in Marseille despite conceding four seconds to Romain Bardet on the Col d'Izoard.

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