Chris Froome's closest rivals missed a unique opportunity to win the Tour de France after the defending champion was dropped off the favourites' group at a critical moment in Sunday's 15th stage, according to three-time champion Greg LeMond.
Helped first by teammates Mikel Nieve and then by Mikel Landa, Froome worked furiously on the 8.3-kilometer (5 mile) climb up the steep Col de Feyra Taillade - scaled for the first time in the Tour - to reel in Bardet's group.
Mollema would subsequently attack from a much reduced front group with 27 kilometres remaining, and despite being chased by a quartet comprising Barguil plus Diego Ulissi of UAE Team Emirates, Lotto Belisol's Tony Gallopin and Primoz Roglic of LottoNL-Jumbo, he would hold on to win by 19 seconds.
Bennett finished 32nd, 6min 25sec behind Dutch stage victor Bauke Mollema, with several of his rivals finishing ahead of him.
The three-time Tour victor and defending champion punctured at a critical moment and was forced to work hard to ensure he finished with his main rivals. Just before the climb, I had a problem with my back wheel, it was damaged.
"If someone blows in those few hundred meters, there could be some really significant time gaps", the Team Sky leader said. It was his first stage win.
As a result, the top of the overall standings remains unchanged, Froome leading by 18 seconds from Astana's Fabio Aru with Bardet a further seven seconds back.
After Monday's final rest day, there will be six further stages before the race finishes in Paris on 23 July.
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"I've got to thanks my team-mates yet again for helping me. I think it's great that the fans are getting so into it and involved".
Nairo Quintana's bid for Tour glory this year looks to be over after he cracked on the Peyra Taillaide and tumbled out of the top 10.
Michal Kwiatkowski turned mechanic by removing his back wheel and fitting it onto colleague Froome's bike, rather than wait for a Team Sky auto.
"Kwiatkowski is sharp, super sharp, and I guarantee he'd have made the call and he did well", Brailsford said.
JOHN TREVORROW is a multiple Australian champion road racer and Olympian who has been doing media commentary at the Tour de France for more than 20 years.
"If I didn't get back in I wouldn't expect to be in yellow any more this evening".
When crosswinds started making the bunch nervous toward the end of the 203.5-kilometer stage from Eymet to Pau, the stress became palpable and led to several crashes at the back of the peloton. "Yates attacked on the climb [after Froome rejoined the group] ... he kind of stalled and I was a bit afraid ... there were many teammates left [of other riders] ... an Agr2r rider and Landa was there for Chris [Froome]".