Geraint Thomas attacks, takes Tour de France lead ahead of Chris Froome

Lynette Rowe
July 19, 2018

The new race leader has an advantage of 1 minute 25 seconds over Froome, who moves to second overall, with Dumoulin a further 19 seconds back in third place.

Julian Alaphilippe soloed to victory on stage ten of the 2018 Tour de France as the race entered the Alps for the first time, while Greg van Avermaet produced a superb ride to extend his overall lead. "When they go, it is never nice to see them all riding away but we had confidence in each other and we rode really well".

Team Sky riders Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas remained in the peleton for the duration of the stage and are now over two minutes behind Van Avermaet in General Classification.

In 2013, French freeride mountain biker Romain Marandet jumped over a group including eventual victor Chris Froome of Team Sky during the 100th edition of the race. "I think everyone probably expected Alpe d'Huez to be the more decisive stage, and it might very well still be, but it puts us in a fantastic position ahead of tomorrow's stage [to Alpe d'Huez]".

"One of them may crash one day so they will not want to give up their option, they will want to race first as second as long as they can". For me, it's an unknown. Froome, however, already has a proven record with six grand tour wins.

Thomas said: 'It's unreal, I didn't expect it at all. Froomey knows how to win a three-week race.

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"It is an ideal scenario at the moment", Thomas added.

Thomas won the Critérium du Dauphiné heading into the Tour while Froome recovered from winning the Giro d'Italia. "Maybe two years ago I would have attacked too early".

But Van Avermaet, who predicted he would lose the yellow jersey before stages Tuesday and Wednesday, cracked on the second of three major climbs Wednesday.

Chris Froome believes the mountains will reveal the true Tour de France contenders as he looks forward to the first of three gruelling stages in the Alps.

Movistar's Alejandro Valverde tried a long-range attack, while Dumoulin attacked on the descent of the penultimate climb, the Cormet de Roseland, linking up with Valverde before the road rose up again towards La Rosiere.

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