That leaves Martin in sixth place overall.
Aru said Froome was still the main threat.
Froome zig-zagged his bike across the tarmac as he tried to cope with a gradient so steep that it seemed to glue his wheels to the road. Perry was the executive vice president of operations for the Sacramento Kings and previously held front-office roles for other organizations.
"I was always composed", said Aru, whose Astana lieutenant Jakob Fuglsang abandoned yesterday after sustaining wrist and elbow fractures in a crash two days ago. Nieve went straight onto the grass between lorries and camping caravans.
Two Category 3 climbs up the Cote de Viaduc Du Viaur and the Cote de Centres 131km and 145km into the ride are the steepest passes registering at a 7 per cent gradient for a touch over 2km each.
The Sky leader finished eighth on a short but tough Pyrenean stage, and said afterwards he felt in much better shape than Thursday.
What's not so handy is that Phil and his broadcast partner Paul Sherwen are pulling duty on the NBC network coverage of the Tour this year, and making "guest appearances" only on SBS. Last Sunday, he had been beaten narrowly by the Colombian Rigoberto Uran after review of the photo finish to Chambery.
What's going on? First, it's the way the 2017 route is designed. Mikel Landa (Team Sky) +0:02 5. "I used my experience". After a few years of this formula, I've grown tired.
"I knew it could suit me", he said.
The only yellow item he wore after the finish was the small ring in his nose to help him breathe.
The end of the stage is a consistent climb, hills that should test the already weary legs fresh off the imposing Pyrenees.
Another factor is Froome. He ended up crossing the line in seventh place, 22 seconds behind Bardet.
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By the top of the third and final climb, Quintana and Barguil had caught Contador and Landa, with just a group of favorites including Aru and reigning champion Chris Froome giving chase, around 1:40 back at the summit.
But the current arrangement has become formulaic: Strangle the field, let the sprinters sort themselves out, and if they're lucky, rookies and climbers might get a chance to shine.
Meanwhile, Barguil was ecstatic over his performance in the stage in which he fell a little bit off the pace at one point before finishing strong.
The yellow jersey group would end 1:48 down on the stage winner, with Aru retaining the yellow jersey. The baroudeurs of the peloton - the Chavanels, the Offredos, the Bodnars, the De Gendts - deserve the same level of respect and recognition. It's nice that it is so close.
Rain was falling as the peloton started the stage in Pau, before a breakaway of 12 riders gained a lead of more than six minutes on some fairly flat sections of the course.
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