It's the second rest day on the Tour de France, and in recent years when Chris Froome has been wearing the yellow jersey, he'd cut a relaxed figure as he went for the traditional rest day spin with his team-mates.
"It's clear we have to move on those two days in the Alps - we have high hopes for those two stages", said Jurdie.
The Tour de France is the world's biggest and most iconic cycling race. "After the last ascent, I noticed how exhausted everyone was and how they kept looking at each other, so I said to give it a try".
It's really awesome. I'm so happy to win a stage at the Tour de France.
"At this point it's such a close race", Froome said after stage 15. He now leads by18-second over Italy's Fabio Aru. He skipped the Rio Olympics, the U.S. Open and everything else in an attempt to try to get healthy. "For four successive days, he has cut away at the time lost last weekend and is now in fifth place, just 1' 12" behind Froome, and 49 seconds behind third-placed Roman Bardet.
Asked why his rivals did not capitalize on his misfortune, Froome said he felt they were more interested in getting rid of Movistar's Nairo Quintana, who cracked on the climb and went on to lose nearly four minutes.
"When the pace went up [by Ag2r], that's when I had the issue".
"It's a attractive surprise today", said Froome, who lost his jersey after enduring a bad day on the road to the ski station of Peyragudes.
"We are here to support Froomey and he has the yellow jersey, but it's not Team Froome, it's Team Sky and that also means Landa".More news: Russia Warns US It Could Expel Americans Over Diplomatic Dispute
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Team Sky's Dave Brailsford said Chris Froome's mechanical problem on stage 15 could have ended his challenge, but the team reacted perfectly to the crisis.
JOHN TREVORROW is a multiple Australian champion road racer and Olympian who has been doing media commentary at the Tour de France for more than 20 years.
Froome was impressed. "He has ridden a very good race so far". But I made it. He had a lead of 1:47 after Stage 14 in 2016, of 3:10 in 2015 and 2:28 in 2013.
The day's main drama occurred some way behind the battle for stage glory, following an early breakaway on the 189.5km route from Laissac-Severac l'eglise to Le Puy-en-Velay that was followed by Tony Martin (Katusha) initially making a solo push.
The first occurred on a key climb of last Sunday's ninth stage to Chambery.
Irishman Stephen Roche, the Tour victor in 1987, said he thought Landa was the biggest threat to Froome winning a fourth title.
"I've never ridden so many kilometers alone in my life", Mollema said. Strangely enough, Aru didn't seem to get much help from his team and left on an island, Froome would sail past him to retake the lead and the yellow jersey.