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Froome 'thought it was game over' for Tour title bid

From BBC - July 17, 2017

Britain's Chris Froome thought it was "game over" in his bid to win a fourth Tour de France title when his bike had a mechanical issue on stage 15.

The Team Sky rider lost almost a minute to his rivals after he was forced to swap his rear wheel with Polish team-mate Michal Kwiatkowski on Sunday.

However Froome, 32, recovered to rejoin the group of favourites and retain the leader's yellow jersey going into the final week of the Tour.

"That was a huge save," said Froome.

"I am really grateful to have got through Sunday because it was touch and go if I was going to make it back."

Team Sky had been in control of the peloton before reaching the foot of the steep Col de Peyra Taillade climb inside the final 40km.

Third-placed rider Romain Bardet and his AG2R La Mondiale team then burst clear, distancing Froome and it was around this point the Briton encountered his wheel problem, initially reported as a puncture before the rider himself later said it was a broken spoke.

"There were a good five to 10 minutes where, knowing the pace that AG2R were setting going into the climb, I thought that was potentially game over for me," Froome told BBC Radio 5 live.

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