Fabio Aru Takes the Tour's Yellow Jersey

Fabio Aru Takes the Tour's Yellow Jersey

Aru surged past Froome on the final climb in the Tour's first Pyrenean visit. Even losing Geraint Thomas in a crash during Stage 9 hasn't stopped the team's momentum.

Of the four New Zealanders competing in this year's Tour de France, Bennett is placed the highest, currently ranked 11th on the overall standings after the completion of 13 stages.

'It was very, very tough at the finish, ' he said.

Friday features a short stage from Saint-Girons to Foix.

"Tomorrow it will be up to Astana to control the stage", he said.

For now, Landa isn't really a threat to Froome, though he is a threat for the podium.

FROMAGE: The round 'Tommes des Pyrenees' is a supple, pressed cheese from pasteurized cow's milk. But this year, the Australian has been in ominous form, finishing 2nd in the Tour's lead-up race, the prestigious Critérium du Dauphiné.

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Fellow Astana teammate Jakob Fuglsang, who resides in fifth place overall, also sustained a wrist injury but was able to finish the stage.

The group was joined by Colombia's Nairo Quintana, Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski and France's Alexis Vuillermoz. We are still focused on Froomey but that's opened the cards for us really well.

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In this step, with six ascents, the British Stephen Cummings (Dimension Data), a survivor of a breakaway thrown away, tipped at the summit of the port de Balès, the main difficulty of the day, with a margin of more than 1 min 30 sec on his first pursuers (De Gendt, Gautier).

Aru has only six seconds on Froome, but his edge matters.

Just 1-09 now separate the top five riders overall - Aru, Froome, Romain Bardet, Rigoberto Uran and Landa - with the final two major mountain stages coming next week in the Alps.

The Italian national champion remains 6sec clear of Team Sky's Froome, while Bardet is 25sec off the pace.

"Winning on today of all days is extraordinary", said a jubilant Barguil.

Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) registered his first stage win in Tour de France in a close finish, leaving behind Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo), who came second in stage eight of the race. "It will be quite dangerous and difficult".

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