"It went so well that it's now pretty clear I have to just go for it and ride smart".
Froome has confirmed he will stick to Aru's wheel "like glue" because of his concern about the Italian's attempts to take the yellow jersey.
"I didn't speak with Peter Sagan about today's stage, but for sure, if he was here today I wouldn't be in the breakaway but fighting for a victory for him in the sprint", Bodnar said.
Kittel was asked about his future after the stage, with the possibility still open that he moves on from Quick-Step Floors.
"There are only two uphill finishes left now in this year's Tour de France and tomorrow is one of them so is going to be one of the key stages of this year's race".
Following a hectic stage in the Jura on Sunday and with two hard stages in the Pyrenees mountains later this week, Froome and his main rivals were happy to let two French riders with no ambitions for the overall race lead escape from the pack. "It's not about being a VIP or part of history", Kittel said.
Five years ago Froome finished second to Spain's Alejandro Valverde on the 17th stage finish at Peyragudes, a stage which Froome believes he could have won had he not been ordered to wait for his then-team leader Bradley Wiggins.
Kittel is now just one behind the six stages won in 2009 by Britain's Mark Cavendish - who crashed out of this year's race - and could surpass that tally, with three of the remaining stages potentially ending in a sprint finish. "We trust each other, and this is very special, very important to me". "There was frustration at not being able to go for the stage win, but at the same time I had great feelings, great legs".
Riders face five categorized climbs in the Pyrenees over 133 miles. British promising Simon Yates had no clue of falling down on the best young rider honor.
The overall classification remains unchanged as Froome leads Italy's Fabio Aru by 18 seconds and France's Romain Bardet by 51.
"It's quite savage. I think if someone blows in those few hundreds of meters (at 20 per cent), there could be some really significant time gaps", said Froome.