The Tour de France yellow jersey holder had ridden with the likes of Richie Porte (BMC) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) on his wheel all day and wanted to see what reaction he would get if he pretended to go off the front near the top of the climb.
"I just wanted to see exactly what the state of play was, to see what reaction I'd get, to see who would be looking to follow me.
"It was interesting to see Nairo was on my wheel and that he was able to follow me quite quickly. It was just to get an idea to see who might make a move over the top."
Froome has form for attacking over the top of a climb in this race, having sped off the front and holding his advantage on the Col de Peyresourde in the Pyrénées on stage eight.
Thank you for reading 5 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
Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.
Kidnap threats, accidents and bad roads - CW readers on the things that have put them off riding
We want everyone to cycle, but there are many reasons that discourage people from doing so
By Adam Becket • Published
Best budget sunglasses 2022: rated and reviewed
We put low cost, good value sunglasses to the test
By Tom Epton • Published
Extra security meant Bern's hosting of Tour de France cost £500,000 more than expected
Tour de France cost Swiss capital of Bern more that it thought it would
By Jack Elton-Walters • Published
Vincenzo Nibali slams critics of his Tour de France performance
Vincenzo Nibali says he's 'not a robot' and can't be expected to compete with those specifically targeting the Tour overall
By Gregor Brown • Published
Tony Martin reveals why he had to abandon Tour de France on Champs Élysées
Tony Martin made it all the way to final circuits in Paris on stage 21 before being forced to pull out of Tour de France
By Richard Windsor • Published