Bike problem nearly derails Froome on Stage 15

Team Sky sets the pace for the pack during the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 189.5 kilometers (117.8 miles) with start in La

The pack with Italy's Fabio Aru, wearing the Italian tricolor jersey (green, white and red), passes during the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France c

Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Britain's Simon Yates, wearing the best young rider's white jersey, wait for t

Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, signs the start list of the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race ove

A hostess in the sponsor's parade sprays water over spectators prior to the start of the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 189.5

LE PUY-EN-VELAY, France (AP) — Chris Froome has fought back from a bike breakdown to cling onto his race leader's yellow jersey on the tricky Stage 15 of the Tour de France, won with a courageous solo breakaway by Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands.

Three-time Tour champion Froome suffered a back-wheel problem at the worst possible time, just as the AG2R team of close rival Romain Bardet was picking up the pace ahead of the last big climb of the day, an 8.3-kilometer (5-mile) slog up the steep col de Peyra Taillade — scaled for the very first time by the Tour.

By the time Froome had stopped, taken a wheel off his teammate Michal Kwiatkowski and got going again, Bardet's group was already way ahead. Froome had to work furiously to catch them.