Thomas retains yellow jersey

Carrie Guzman
July 22, 2018

Team Sky's Froome was struck by at least one spectator a little under seven kilometres from the summit of the famous climb and seemed to be spat at shortly after, on his way to a fourth-placed finish as team-mate Geraint Thomas took victory.

Unlike on Thursday, when a fan's camera strap appeared to snag Vincenzo Nibali's handlebars on Alpe d'Huez, he slammed to the ground and broke a vertebra.

Dumoulin now has Froome in his sights, at just 11 seconds ahead of him on the GC, while Geraint Thomas is 1:50 in front of Dumoulin, leading the race.

There was some controversy though with Bahrain-Merida and Italian rider Vincenzo Nibali reportedly considering legal action after he was injured in the 12th stage up to the iconic Alpe d'Huez.

"At that point the road narrowed, there were two police motorbikes closeby".

Great Britain's Geraint Thomas keeps hold of the yellow jersey after finishing ahead of his principal rivals.

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Sky have been hugely unpopular in France after doping allegations have been repeatedly made during Froome's triumphant rides on the Tour.

"I can't speak to anyone else, I'm sure [the team management would] be happy for either of us to win".

Trek-Segafredo's Stuyven did his best to chase back with the help of Quick-Step Floors' Julian Alaphilippe but ended up third behind the Frenchman as the final survivors of a 32-man breakaway contested stage honours more than 18 minutes ahead of the general classification hopefuls. I don't know what to say.

The 27-year-old has emerged as the biggest threat to Team Sky two weeks into the Tour and now sits third overall - one minute and 50 seconds in arrears of Thomas and 11 seconds off Froome.

Although Froome was able to stay on his bike and keep with the leading group all the way to the summit, 2014 Tour victor Vincenzo Nibali crashed in the final few kilometres, apparently hitting a spectator, and is out of the Tour due to a fractured vertebra.

"I'm still riding for Froome", Thomas told reporters immediately after the stage. He is fifth overall, now 3:21 off the pace and faces a massive challenge in the approaching Pyrenees if he is to finish on the Tour podium for the third time.

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