A day on the Tour de France

With the way Froome and Team Sky are riding now, it's going to take a team effort to give someone else a shot at the overall lead.

The stage win went to Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) after he went clear of his breakaway companions.

"I think it dawned the second Ag2r put the hammer down yesterday, and I was standing still on the side of the road with Kwiato [Kwiatkowski] trying to change my back wheel, I knew then already that this could be the end of my fight for the yellow jersey". "They are very much together as a pair riding for the overall (team), not riding against each other in any way". I had to, I had no option. It was either that or not going over the climb with the favourites. Landa stayed at the front when the incident happened, but he waited for his leader when it became obvious the three-time champion was able to come back. "[Team-mate Michal] Kwiatkowski gave me his wheel because the team auto was stuck behind". He is 23 seconds back from the leader, in third place.

"I can't say the plan at the start of the day was to attack, I just seized the opportunity".

Ulissi produced an inspirational ride to grab second place and in doing so, recorded the best result for the team on this year's Tour.

Froome was jeered by part of the crowd as he was chasing to catch a group featuring Bardet after suffering a mechanical problem.

Three-time Tour de France victor Chris Froome says the next few days of racing will be "the greatest challenge of my life". He picked up 30 points for the Stage 14 win for a net of 29 since Kittel beat him in the intermediate sprint.

"I think we still have a lot of very hard road ahead of us, especially going into the Alps".

The stage went through Carmaux, the hometown of Jean Jaures, one of the great figures of the French left and a committed anti-militarist who was assassinated in 1914 just after World War One broke out.

The Tour de France is the world's biggest and most iconic cycling race.

In Mollema's wake came a peloton in tatters.

Expect Froome to maintain his lead in the GC ahead of the mountains. Kittel still has a 79-point advantage (373 to 294) but it's narrowing. Froome has showed a vulnerability this year that we haven't seen in the past, and his rivals - especially Ag2r La Mondiale - have showed a willingness to target that vulnerability. Froome congratulated him, saying: "The race is certainly on now".

Quick-Step rider Dan Martin finished 25th and moves up to fifth in the General Classification, 72 seconds off yellow jersey holder Chris Froome.

Martin's efforts to chip away at the deficit continues to pay off and are making him a genuine danger to the race leaders. "The time I made up today could be very vital". "I knew that I can not give my best on the court". "They are not [as] wary of me, but I am closer now".

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