Tour de France: Fabio Aru conciliatory over ‘attack’ on Chris Froome

• Italian appeared to launch attack as race leader was changing bike
• Aru and team-mate plan to put Froome under pressure in mountains

Fabio Aru maintained a conciliatory line towards Chris Froome during the rest day in the Dordogne, seeking to play down any apparent differences with the Tour de France leader after Sunday’s dramatic mountain stage through the Jura, where the Italian – who lies second to the yellow jersey by just 18sec – had appeared to attack the race leader when he needed to change his bike six kilometres from the top of the Mont du Chat.

“I stopped when I heard he had a problem. I heard on my radio that he was 15sec behind. I did nothing at all when I knew that Froome was in trouble,” said the Sardinian, who maintained that he did not see the race leader waving his arm in the air, in spite of the fact that he was immediately behind the yellow jersey. “So I agree with Chris that attacking the race leader when he has a problem is not done.”

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