Fabio Aru is elated to wear the Tour de France yellow jersey. The Italian remains wary of a short, tough day in stage 13, however.
With young cyclists coming through and the continued dominance of Froome, a eighth grand tour win appears impossible for Contador.
Fabio Aru and his Astana team head into the Tour de France's Pyrenean stages willing to attack Froome for the yellow jersey.
The Froome/Aru score still unsettled despite Aru saying he was unaware of race leader's mechanical when he attacked on Tour's ninth stage.
FDJ riders say you would not work so hard and risk being cut from Le Tour for any leader, but sprinter Arnaud Démare demands that
Although Team Sky has held the yellow jersey since stage 1, Chris Froome's team has done little work to drive the peloton.
Fabio Aru won Wednesday's stage 5, which ended in a short climb up la Planche des Belles Filles.
Out of the Tour with a broken shoulder blade, Mark Cavendish looks ahead to other objectives: Tour of Britain and world championships.
Team Movistar's two-pronged plan to attack Sky's Chris Froome "vanished" as quickly as the 2017 Tour de France began.
Adam Hansen has raced 18 straight grand tours, but his inclusion in the current Tour de France was originally in doubt.