Dumoulin predicts Thomas and Froome could turn on each other

Heather Diaz
July 22, 2018

"When Froome accelerated, I followed him, I was feeling good".

Welshman Geraint Thomas will again wear the leader's yellow jersey tonight, leading his Team Sky team-mate and three-time defending champion Chris Froome by one minute and 39 seconds. A strong group, it included names such as Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and polka dot jersey Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step Floors) among the 30 or so that got away. "Meanwhile, Frenchman Bardet, who conceded 14 seconds to his direct rivals, stays in fifth place but drops to 3'21" in arrears.

A medley of attacks between the race favourites saw the likes of Romain Bardet (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) lose time as the yellow jersey Thomas finished alongside Sky team-mate Froome and their Dutch rival Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) more than 18 minutes down on the victor.

Jasper Stuyven led the chasing pack by one minute 40 seconds going into the final climb of the 188km stage.

Only Slovenian Primoz Roglic, who is fourth overall, 2:38 behind Team Sky's Thomas, gained some time on the main contenders when he attacked in the final climb. "You don't know if he is really suffering or just pacing himself".

World champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia. His only other victory at a Grand Tour came with a stage win in last year's Giro d'Italia.

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The race ends with a run through the of three Pyrenean stages in the country's southwest and a time trial on the penultimate day.

"We have a plan for the first mountain stage", Thomas said.

"It was a very annoying climb of the Alpe d'Huez".

Tour de France leader Geraint Thomas says being booed by the crowd did not affect him after he enjoyed a mainly comfortable 13th stage on Friday.

Franco Pellizotti, a teammate of Nibali's and the oldest rider in the Tour at 40, noted that incidents with fans on Alpe d'Huez are nothing new - such as when Giuseppe Guerini rode into a spectator taking a photo in the middle of the road in 1999.

After overzealous fans marred Thomas' win on Thursday atop the Alpe d'Huez, the otherwise complete calm of Friday's leg was briefly disturbed by a man on the roadside who tossed a smoke bomb into the centre of the peloton as it passed by with 16 kilometres left. "For me, I'd be happier if I won than Froomey".

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