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Aru wins Tour stage, Froome takes yellow

Fabio Aru claimed his maiden Tour de France win in Paris

Froome said: "The incident I had in a corner was a little bit of a reminder of how quickly things can change in the Tour de France".

Calmejane's victory was the host nation's second in this year's Tour following Arnaud Demare's Stage 4 triumph in Vittel.

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As with Nibali three years ago, Aru also did so whilst wearing the Italian national champion's jersey.

"He's not the only one (who will attack)", said LeMond, who won the Tour in 1986, 89 and 90.

Froome managed to stay on his bike and quickly recover.

So Aru's achievement was even more impressive as it was gleaned against all the best climbers in the world.

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In fairness to Sagan and his Bora-Hansgrohe team, they lodged their appeal on Wednesday morning with an "urgent motion to suspend the decision of the Commissaires Panel" and so allow him to participate in the fifth stage.

Froome said the stage wasn't as easy as it looked, under the searing sun. "He's got a lot of pressure coming up".

It will be interesting to see how the overall classification reads by Sunday night after two massive back-to-back stages.

They will be further tested on Sunday, when the ninth stage takes the peloton through the Jura mountains with three lung-busting climbs in prospect before a unsafe descent to Chambery. So the decision of one of the journalists to ask the three-time Tour victor if he would back a Norwegian Grand Depart in a future Tour raised eyebrows. "I still think it's going to be a good Tour".

"Going forward we can not afford to allow Fabio that kind of a gap again".

"The weather could be a big factor", warns Jim Ochowicz, the BMC manager for Richie Porte, considered Froome's top rival, with thunderstorms forecast for the weekend.

But with the top 10 separated by a second over one minute, and all the contenders in there, the race is now truly on. Van Avermaet had been a strong favourite for the stage but when he blew up early on the final climb of the day, Roche kept pushing before he too fell back. "There are more sprints to come, I'll take my revenge", he said following the sixth stage, where he had to squeeze down an nearly imperceptible gap next to the safety barriers alongside Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen in order to contest the sprint.

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