STAGE 14: Blagnac – Rodez, 181.5 km
Day 15 of the race entailed a 181.5 kilometre route from Blagnac to Rodez. After two tough days in the mountains, today’s race was relatively relaxed with a chance for the breakaways to keep their lead all the way. This wasn’t meant to be a day for the GC men but the final kick to the line was not easy. The final being a 570m kick up with the top of the climb at 9.7 per cent. The day’s race was well paced with the breakaway riders maintaining a decent lead up until the last leg of the race. With 7km to go, the break gap was reduced to 5 seconds with riders vying for the finish. The climb at the finish really changed the standings… The end of the day saw Matthews emerge victorious in this stage. Shocker of the say, Aru fumbled up towards the end, and made way for Chris Froome to get back into the Yellow Jersey, once again. Aru started the stage with a 6 second lead over Froome. It's been reversed and more. What a gift for Team Sky. What a day this was.
STAGE 15: Laissac-Severac L'Eglise to Le Puy en Velay, 189.5 km
Day 16 of the race entailed a 189.5 kilometre route from Laissac-Severac L’Eglise to Le Puy en Velay. The stage took on the Massif Central with a lot of climbing, and a great portion of it spent above an altitude of 1000m. Chris Froome and Team Sky had a brief few moments of panic as the race leader was caught out by an attack from AG2R La Mondiale before the day's main climb with 40km to go and, to make matters worse, he then had to stop to swap a rear wheel with teammate Michal Kwiatkowski. As AG2R continued to drive the pace, Froome chased with Mikel Nieve and Sergio Henao, making contact just before the top of the climb with the help of Mikel Landa, who dropped back briefly from the group ahead, and retained his yellow jersey. The end of the day saw Bauke Mollema win his first Tour de France stage, soloing into Le-Puy-en-Valey after a turbulent stage. The Trek-Segafredo rider attacked the day's 28-rider breakaway on the descent with 29km to go, and held off a concerted four-man chase.