Chris Froome: 'It was panic stations. I had to get back on or it was game over'

Tour de France leader happy to escape unscathed from frantic chase after suffering a mechanical

Chris Froome finishes stage 15 of the 2017 Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Chris Froome (Team Sky) says that his chase to rejoin the his Tour de France rivals after a wheel problem on stage 15 was vital or else it was "game over" for his yellow jersey lead.

Froome slipped behind after suffering a suspected broken spoke as Romain Bardet's Ag2r La Mondiale team ramped up the pace. Frome stopped, swapped his rear wheel with Michal Kwiatkowski and chased for around eight kilometres.

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.