Chris Froome: The race is certainly on now
Jul 13 2017 06:55 pm CET

Chris Froome: The race is certainly on now
Chris Froome: The race is certainly on now
Photo of Chris Froome by the A.S.O.

The first day in the Pyrenees has left Chris Froome (Team Sky) in the second position of the General Classification of the Tour de France, at six second from new leader Fabio Aru (Astana).

Team Sky led the entire stage but at the end saw Froome struggling to get to the finish line. "It was certainly a tough day for me in the final," said the rider at the end of the stage.

"My team-mates did such an amazing job today, but I didn’t have the legs at the end to finish it off. Simple as that. No excuses. I just didn’t have the legs on the final kick."

The day featured 1 hors-category climb, two of the first category and two of the second, which proved to be hard for the three-times winner of the race. "It was brutal - ramps of over 20%. That’s a really, really hard finish.

"I can only say congratulations to Romain Bardet for winning the stage and Fabio Aru for taking the yellow jersey. The race is certainly on now."