Following last week’s scare that nearly saw Chris Froome lose the Tour de France yellow jersey, the rider has praised his teammates for all that they did to help him retain it.
Froome had regained the lead last Saturday but on Sunday he found himself in trouble. The Team Sky rider suffered a problem with his bike at a crucial moment in the race and at one point he was nearly a full minute behind his rivals for overall victory. However, with the help from teammates such as Michal Kwiatkowski, Mikel Nieve, Sergio Henao and Mikel Landa he was able to re-join the leaders at the front.
Speaking to Sky Sports a day after the incident Froome admitted that he thought his hopes of another Tour win may have been over.
“We had everything under control,” said Froome. “All eight guys up at the front and, just coming into the foot of the main climb of the day, AG2R, Romain Bardet’s team, made a big attack, really upped the pace and, as they did that, I had a mechanical issue.”
He said that the mechanical issue meant that he had to change his rear wheel and that it was “the worst moment ever” for that to happen. He said that he truly thought it was the end of his race for yellow.
“With that kind of an issue happening at that moment, I really thought that could have been the end of it for me,” he said. “It was just all hands on deck from my team-mates and they were incredible, they really did rally together, and I had to put in a big effort just to get back into that main group again. It was certainly a close call!”
Today’s time trial is likely to be crucial to Froome’s efforts ahead of the final stage tomorrow.