Froome ready to fight back after losing yellow jersey

Cycling- The 104th Tour de France cycling race
Fabio Aru takes the yellow jersey from Chris Froome as Romain Bardet wins Tour de France stage 12
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14 July, 2017

"I didn't have the legs in the final but there's still a long way to go", said Briton Froome, a three-time Tour victor and reigning champion.

But for Froome, the day's good work was undone in the space of a few hundred metres as he finished seventh, 20 seconds behind Aru, surrendering his general classification lead and the yellow jersey to his Italian rival. A dramatic stage 12 was won by Romain Bardet, who also put himself in the frame for yellow as there was a dramatic tightening at the top of the general classification.

Froome lost 22 seconds to stage victor Romain Bardet of France at the end of a short, steep climb in Peyragudes, and 20 to Italian Fabio Aru, who snatched the overall leader's yellow jersey from the defending champion. It's as simple as that - I just didn't have the legs on the final kick. Romain went in the best moment possible, I tried to attack and then suffered a bit.

Froome's cause wasn't helped when he briefly followed Mikel Nieve off the road into some spectators trying to eat some food after they misjudged a corner.

And the Team Dimension Data rider was disappointed that his efforts ultimately fell short of a stage win as Team Sky dragged him back to the pack. "I was missing the yellow jersey after wearing the pink one at the Giro d'Italia and the red one on the Vuelta".

"Today was a chance, I just needed the right combination", the 36-year-old said.

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Rain was falling as the peloton started the stage in Pau, before a breakaway of 12 riders gained a lead of more than six minutes on some fairly flat sections of the course.

The arrival of the 214,5 km, Bardet has the lead by 2 seconds Uran and Aru.

The champion of Italy was dressed for the first time in his career the yellow jersey.

In kph, Chris Froome's maximum speed in the descent from the Port de Bales.

The Colombian Nairo Quintana, he has been distanced from the slopes of the Peyresourde.


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