Chris Froome 'optimistic' as Tour de France heads for the mountains

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2018

Greipel and Gaviria crossed next, but their results were disqualified after they dangerously jockeyed for position in the final meters, though they both keep their times.

The 2018 Tour de France has reached its first rest day, and the nine previous stages have been a mixed bag in terms entertainment for spectators.

"I had started wondering myself, thinking 'shit, am I good enough, ' so this win feels really good after six days waiting".

"I talked to everyone", Sagan said when asked how he passed the time after finishing third in the mass sprint which, with its uphill finish, suited him.

The Dutchman needed no help from his team mates in the final straight as he slalomed through his rivals to beat German Andre Greipel by nearly a bike length after 181km from Dreux on Saturday, with Colombian Fernando Gaviria crossing the line third.

That elevated Peter Sagan to second and John Degenkolb to third, with Brit Mark Cavendish credited with eighth place.

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Yellow jersey bearer Greg Van Amervaet picked up a one-second bonus overall during an intermediate bonus sprint to increase his overall lead over Geriant Thomas to seven seconds.

"It is very emotional, I went through such a hard period so today is pure happiness", said Degenkolb, who suffered several fractures and a serious finger injury after he and some team mates were hit by a vehicle during a training ride in January 2016.

"Obviously I'm devastated", said Porte. The lead-out trains must navigate the rue Jean Moulin, and rue Saint-Fuscien before a roundabout that is taken on the right to head past the station and there is then a bend to the left onto rue Vanemarcke; there is then one last chance to get organised on the run to rue des Francs-Muriers, and the last left-hand turn before 600 metres of straight and the finish.

Former teammate and 2012 victor Sir Bradley Wiggins says Team Sky would have a problem to deal with if the second-placed Thomas continued to be ahead of Froome. "I had no legs to beat the first two guys".

Among the big names to hit the deck were defending champion Chris Froome, who came home in the first chase group, together with Thomas, as well as last year's runner-up, Rigoberto Uran of EF Education First-Drapac, who lost more than a minute on his rivals.

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