Team Sky rider Chris Froome explained that he abandoned his attack on Stage 11 in order to prioritise Bradley Wiggins' chase for the yellow jersey.
Froome had guided Wiggins up to a breakaway group including GC rival Vincenzo Nibali mid-way through the stage, but then accelerated away in a bid to win the stage and push his own yellow jersey credentials.
But as Froome admitted, with Wiggins's group breaking up, Froome returned to his "main objective" of guiding his fellow Brit through the stage trouble-free.
"Bradley is definitely stronger," Froome added of Wiggins. "He's without a doubt the team leader, and we're all here to support him."
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