Saturday, 17 November, 2018


Geraint Thomas retains yellow jersey and makes Tour de France history

Noah Ferguson | 20 July, 2018, 12:25

The Italian rider was able to remount his bike and by the summit only lost 13 seconds to stage victor Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) but was in clear discomfort.

His reward for the day, which ended with a 10th place and a 53-second time loss, was limited to the combativity prize, but it was a ride that will go down as one of the most gutsy of the 2018 Tour de France.

Geraint Thomas won a dramatic five-man sprint finish to secure back-to-back stage wins at the Tour de France and retain the yellow jersey.

But he was reeled in before Thomas confirmed he is a serious contender. "I know this is part of the joy of our sport, how close the crowd gets, but we know that if it impacts the race as it did today with Nibali then that's too much".

Starting the day more than two minutes behind yellow jersey incumbent Greg Van Avermaet, Thomas closed the gap and attacked in the last few kilometres to cross the line after three-and-a-half hours.

Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey and Britain's Chris Froome. "When Froome attacked I went after him and felt good".

We've seen this before on the Tour de France, but it never fails to thrill - a cyclist jumping over the peloton. He sounded sure, but one of Sky's advantages is that as long as Thomas and Froome stay 1-2, they'll keep their rivals guessing about their chess tactics.

"It's unreal", Thomas said. "I didn't expect it at all".

"Whatever happens now is bonus", Thomas said.

A day after the first rest day, the big guns were in no mood to take risks ahead of two more stages in the Alps.

Even so, he maintains it is Froome who is Sky's designated team leader.

One of the more visible moments was when a spectator left the side of the road to go up to Chris Froome (Team Sky), appearing to hit the four-time victor of the race as he passed.

He says he's just trying to make the best of his form for now, without knowing what the full three weeks will hold for him.

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