Thomas takes stage win and yellow jersey on Tour de France

Carrie Guzman
July 20, 2018

Thomas then attacked again, blasting past yellow jersey contender Tom Dumoulin and then Mikel Nieve to win the stage and deliver a huge statement.

Mark Cavendish is out of the 2018 Tour de France after missing the time cut on stage 11, alongside lead-out man Mark Renshaw and long-time rival Marcel Kittel.

Despite a distinct lack of support from the French locals, Team Sky's Geraint Thomas remains in possession of the yellow jersey at this year's Tour de France.

The other top contenders - 2014 Tour victor Vincenzo Nibali, Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet - finished 59 seconds behind Thomas on Wednesday. When Froome accelerated, I followed him, and I felt good, too, but then there was this slowing down, and I went down.

Thomas continues to say he's riding in support of Froome - who could tie the record of five Tour titles - rather than to win cycling's biggest event himself.

The last Tour de France race leader to triumph on the Alpe was Armstrong, who was wearing the yellow jersey when he won a time trial in 2004. If I'm struggling, I'm not going to expect him to wait for him.

"I'll enjoy the moment and take it day by day".

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'If people don't like Sky and want to boo that's fine, ' said Thomas.

Thomas started the day two minutes and 22 seconds behind Van Avermaet in the standings but the Belgian rider, who had been leading the General Classification standings since Stage 3, was dropped by the peleton early on.

"In my eyes, Froomey is still our leader", Thomas said. 'I'm not sure what happened to Nibali, ' he said.

Three of the Tour's top sprinters withdrew during stage 12.

Afetr Kruijswijk was overtaken in the closing kilometres, Thomas and Froome countered attempts by Dumoulin and Bardet to shake them off.

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 knows how to race over three weeks.

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