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Summary

  1. Bauke Mollema wins stage 15 in breakaway
  2. GB's Chris Froome retains leader's yellow jersey
  3. Froome catches rivals after rear wheel change
  4. Froome maintains 18-sec lead over Fabio Aru
  5. Laissac-Severac l'Eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay
  6. Hilly 189.5km route

Live Reporting

By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right then. That's it from me for today. If you're just joining in feel free to catch up on it all below.

    Tomorrow is a rest day. Let's recuperate, get some fluids on board and go again for Tuesday.

    The Alps are on their way...

  2. 'Never a dull moment! I'm knackered'

    Chris Froome

    Chris Froome, speaking to ITV: "Well there's never a dull moment on this Tour. I had to change my back wheel and it couldn't have come at a worse time.

    "All the the guys helped me as much as they could, and I'm hugely grateful. They managed to do all they could to keep me in the front group.

    "Mikel [Landa] has been amazing throughout the whole tour, the whole team has been just amazing.

    "All in all I am just happy to have got through without any major losses. I'm going to pass out tonight. I'm knackered."

  3. 'They were flying'

    Dan Martin: "That was one of the hardest parts of the Tour so far. AG2R, they were flying, and everyone was already in the red.

    "Chris is the only guy who could come back from a mechanical in that situation. They weren't taking advantage of the mechanical, but I'm happy he came back, because you don't want the Tour decided like that."

  4. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

    It didn't work for AG2R, but it certainly wasn't for a lack of trying. It was planned, Romain Bardet is local and knows the roads.

    Froome looked like he was struggling to follow at first and then came the mechanical. After the wheel change was coming up behind but struggling to get back on the lead group, so Landa dropped in and shepherded his team leader back up. They worked so well.

  5. Post update

    About half a minute it took to change Froome's wheel. When you consider the pace of that blistering attack from Romain Bardet's AG2R, it is quite something to think he managed to reel himself back up alongside his yellow jersey rivals.

    No wonder he's got a grin on his face. He proved something huge today.

    His lead over Fabio Aru remains at 18 seconds then. Bardet is 23 seconds behind, Uran 29 seconds. Dan Martin moved up to fifth, one minute and 12 seconds behind Froome.

  6. Post update

    Tomorrow is a rest day. My word Chris Froome and his Team Sky colleagues have deserved it.

    Froome is about to pull on a fresh yellow top.

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    #bbccycling

    Jonatan L: As team leader, how many technicals has Froome had right around an attack in TdF? Feels like a lot.

    Chris Holdstock: If Landa is not a GC contender at the next TDF there is something wrong with the world, phenomenal athlete!

  8. 'We stayed calm'

    Mikel Landa: "All the team did a nice work. Chris had a mechanical problem, we had a difficult moment but we worked like a team to save the day. Chris has a lot of experience and team-mates around him. We stayed calm and resolved the situation."

  9. Post update

    Rob Hayles

    Former GB cyclist at the Tour de France

    Chris Froome and Team Sky

    Chris Froome and Team Sky did really well. They didn't panic in difficult circumstances. They all worked really well together, with Mikel Landa dropping back to help Froome out.

    I don't think it'll be the last time we see AG2R try something like that.

    Bauke Mollema, what a hugely deserved victory for him.

  10. Post update

    A quick word on Nairo Quintana, who only a few minutes ago crossed the line himself. That's him done then. There had been signs earlier here on the Tour, but really now it is plain as day.

    I make it over six minutes now, the difference between him and Froome.

  11. 'Finally. I am so happy!'

    Bauke Mollema

    Bauke Mollema: "It's amazing. I am so happy to finally win a stage in the Tour de France. This is what I have worked for in the past few years. I've been close. I knew this would be a chance for me.

    "I just gave it a try in the last 30km. I think I never did so long riding alone, but I made it."

  12. Post update

    Chris Froome

    So. It is as you were. Despite the attacks, despite having to dig deep into the energy bank, Chris Froome stays in yellow.

    He jumps on the warm-down wheels.

    Disaster very much averted.

  13. Post update

    Which I think he just about gets.

    Chris Froome is over the line too. The whole group of big names in close pursuit.

    And breathe, Chris. Tomorrow you've got a day off.

  14. Post update

    Martin started the day in sixth overall. Where would he be had he not collided with Richie Porte in that crash in the first week?

    He crosses the line. He needs nine seconds to leapfrog Mikel Landa in fifth...

  15. Post update

    Mikel Landa is on the front of the Froome group, driving all the big GC rivals in pursuit of Dan Martin, who broke clear over the final climb in search of a few seconds.

  16. Post update

    But the real drama of this race has been playing out about six minutes back down the road.

    Chris Froome has had to dig deep to defend his yellow jersey from some spectacular attacks - while contending with a mechanical issue.

    His group will be finishing shortly.

  17. Post update

    Diego Ulissi crosses for second. Tony Gallopin is third. Primoz Roglic fourth. Warren Barguil settles for fifth.

  18. BreakingMollema takes it!

    Bauke Mollema

    Trek-Segafredo rider Bauke Mollema wins stage 15 of the Tour de France.

    A superb solo effort on another intriguing stage.

  19. Post update

    Mollema's gap is widening further still!

    He's now about 220m clear of the four men behind him.

    ONE kilometre to go!

  20. Post update

    The gap is widening. Surely this is going to be Bauke Mollema's race.

    213m clear.

    TWO to go.