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Tour de France 2017: Britain’s Chris Froome takes the yellow jersey as Fabio Aru wins stage five

Fabio Aru

Italian national champion Aru mounted a brilliantly timed attack to take stage five

Britain’s Chris Froome took the yellow jersey from Team Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas as Italy’s Fabio Aru won the fifth stage of the Tour de France.

Astana rider Aru attacked with 2.3km to go on the final 6km climb up La Planche des Belles Filles and could not be caught by defending champion Froome.

Irishman Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) was second, 16 seconds adrift as Froome finished third, four seconds back.

Froome, 32, leads Welshman Thomas by 12 seconds in the general classification.

Italian national champion Aru is up to third, 14 seconds behind Froome, and also takes the King of the Mountain’s polka dot jersey.

Thomas, who had led the race since winning stage one’s individual time trial, knew he was likely to lose the yellow jersey on stage five – a 160.5km race from Vittel – saying before it started that his priority lay with helping his team leader.

He duly paced Froome on the final climb which featured sections at 13% and averaged 8.5% before eventually being left behind as the favourites for the overall win upped their tempo.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be back in yellow but the race is far from over, it’s just beginning for me,” said Froome, who is chasing a third successive Tour title, and fourth in five years.

“As a team we’re in a great position with first and second and that gives us great confidence and options going forward.

“Today went really well, although if anything, I made a bit of a mistake in letting Aru go clear. He showed in the Dauphine he was in great form and today confirmed that.”

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