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Dan Martin's attacks snuffed out as Froome stretches yellow jersey lead in the mountains

Primoz Roglic won Wednesday’s stage, as Fabio Aru gave up crucial ground in the GC race.

Froome, in yellow, added another nine seconds to his GC lead on Wednesday.
Froome, in yellow, added another nine seconds to his GC lead on Wednesday.
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DAN MARTIN FOUGHT to make up some lost ground on Wednesday’s stage at the Tour de France.

But the Irishman’s attacks on the road to Serre Chevalier were shut down by Chris Froome, who extended his lead in the race for the yellow jersey.

Primoz Roglic won the stage by 1:13 after he dominated the col du Galibier – the highest peak on this year’s Tour route.

Rigoberto Uran was next best with Froome in third, but Fabio Aru, who started the day as Froome’s closest GC rival, lost 31 seconds and dropped out of the podium places to fourth.

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Martin finished seventh after twice attacking on the climb to Galibier, only for Froome and the rest of the yellow jersey group to shut the door on each occasion.

He moves back up to sixth overall, his chances of a podium finish badly hit by Tuesday’s disappointing ride when he got caught on the wrong side of the crosswinds which split the peloton.

Nicolas Roche, Ireland’s only other representative at the Tour, was 53rd, 24:53 behind Roglic.

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