"Bardet used the team properly, but then you're not going to distance Froome using the team mates who are already exhausted having ridden in the front all day". 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. He lost touch with the leaders in the sharp ascent of the Cote de Saint Pierre and crossed the line 25 seconds behind stage victor Michael Matthews. He finished hot on the heels of Matthews.
'I panicked a little, ' said Froome, who clawed his way back to keep his 18-second lead.
"Froome is super", Frank said.
The AG2R-La Mondiale leader has ridden very aggressively, and although alliances are a bit of a fantasy, Uran could possibly join him in trying to overthrow Froome, as the Colombian is something of an all-in type of rider.
"He was on his own, isolated", Fofonov said.
But some have suggested that Landa is now a serious threat to three-time Tour victor Froome's status as Sky's team leader. The Kazakhstan-funded team lost key member Jakob Fuglsang on Friday after he broke a wrist and elbow, and Aru had not enough teammates to help him stay at the front.
The 26-year-old climbing specialist finished runner-up to Froome last year and wants to move one step higher on the podium. In the 2015 Giro d'Italia, he had to be ordered by his team to wait for his then Astana leader Fabio Aru after going ahead solo in the colle delle Finestre. He trails the Briton by 29 seconds overall. "There are gaps everywhere!"
"It's still so close in the top five there, anyone within a minute is a potential threat", added Froome. "There were attacks, people tried to attack me several times but I responded every time".
"He rode a good race". Conversely, all three points won by Federer in that game were thanks to forehand miscues by Cilic.
Mollema was able to revel in his first stage win, after timing his attack perfectly on the descent of the Col de Peyra Taillade, but Lotto Soudal's Tim Wellens was an early casualty on Sunday's stage as he abandoned. "And I'm happy I kept on believing and dreaming, and here I am today for the eighth".
It's really unbelievable. I'm so happy to win a stage at the Tour de France.
Mollema would subsequently attack from a much reduced front group with 27 kilometres remaining, and despite being chased by a quartet comprising Barguil plus Diego Ulissi of UAE Team Emirates, Lotto Belisol's Tony Gallopin and Primoz Roglic of LottoNL-Jumbo, he would hold on to win by 19 seconds. But Sky promised they won't be caught off guard.
Rival Frenchman Romain Bardet's AG2R team upped the pace on the penultimate climb of the day as Froome suffered a mechanical problem.