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Tour de France: Fired-up Froome develops yellow fever as he chases fourth Tour title

 

By Robert Jones

Chris Froome is aiming to take the yellow jersey all the way to the Champs-Elysees after claiming it from Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas on stage five of the Tour de France to La Planche des Belles Filles.

Italian national champion Fabio Aru escaped on the steep climb to the Vosges ski station to take stage honours ahead of Irishman Dan Martin, but Froome's third place saw him swap positions with Thomas at the top of the general classification.

"The goal now is for us to keep the jersey all the way to Paris," said Froome, who is seeking a fourth Tour title and third in a row. "It's not going to be easy."

It is a 45th career yellow jersey for Froome, who first wore it after victory in Ax 3 Domaines en route to his first Tour title back in 2013.

Meanwhile, Peter Sagan's Bora-Hansgrohe team have launched an official protest against the world champion's disqualification from the Tour de France after the crash which ended Mark Cavendish's race.

Cavendish suffered a broken shoulder blade when he was forced into the barriers by Sagan 120 metres from the finish of Tuesday's 207.5km stage from Monsdorf-les-Bains to Vittel.

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