Tour de France - How Froome was outmanoeuvred

Video special: All the key players tell their story after a remarkable Tour de France stage saw Chris Froome’s overall lead cut.

Tour de France - How Froome was outmanoeuvred

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Chris Froome helps team-mate Geraint Thomas (AFP)

What everyone expected to be a humdrum flat plod turned into one of the finest days of Tour entertainment anyone can remember as crosswinds enabled a daring breakaway.

Alberto Contador’s Saxo-Tinkoff team masterminded the break 30km from the stage finish at Saint-Armand-Montrond, as Froome’s GC rivals took over a minute out of his lead.

It was even worse for Alejandro Valverde, who dropped out of contention completely after an ill-timed puncture cost him eight minutes.

And Mark Cavendish was an unlikely participant in the break, which allowed the Manxman to claim his second stage win of this year’s race.

Here’s what happened and how the key players saw it:

Saxo-Tinkoff mastermind key break in 20km/h crosswinds

Cavendish pips Sagan as breakaway succeeds

Cavendish delight at stage win

Sagan 'mad' at losing to Cav

Eurosport's Sean Kelly marvels at drama

Michael Rogers on the split-second decision to break

Contador's Saxo-Tinkoff sporting director Philippe Mauduit

Chris Froome reflects on time lost

Ian Stannard explains where Team Sky went wrong

Alejandro Valverde's sporting director Jose-Luis Jaimerena on a nightmare day

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