Tour de France Stage 18 Preview: Trie-Sur-Baïse To Pau

27 July, 2018, 23:34 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • Chris Froome tells French policeman to 'f*ck off' after being pulled off his bike

Demare finished 147th on Tuesday and 145th on Wednesday, losing more than an hour to Thomas and the race leaders, before grabbing his second career Tour stage win Thursday.

British sprinters Dan McLay (EF-Drapac), Ben Swift (UAE Team Emirates) and Chris Lawless (Team Sky) will also race.

That much is true, and Thomas has already experienced one time-trial failure this season when he cracked during April's Tour of Romandie.

The Frenchman said he was also inspired by comments made by German rival Andre Greipel, who accused him of holding on to a auto to make it through the mountains. In recent head-to-head clashes between the two, Dumoulin has shown himself capable of taking nearly two seconds per kilometre out of Thomas in the discipline, suggesting Thomas needs a cushion of at least a minute to feel secure.

I gave everything, I worked super hard in the mountains ahead of the Tour de France. But his day went from bad to worse when he was making his way back down from the summit finish of the Col du Portet.

Thomas will have the rare luxury of having four-time Tour victor Chris Froome ride in his service after his team-mate slipped to third overall on Wednesday, declaring afterwards he is now all-in for Thomas. But Froome voiced his frustration by yelling an expletive at the officer before riding off.

Froome was not injured in the incident and rode away from the scene.

But when it came to rival teams trying to loosen Sky's grip, it was the same old story.

Race leader Thomas survived an attempt by a spectator to pull him from his bike, just as he attacked to increase his overall time advantage.

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In frustration, Froome then swore at the cop.

Yesterday, Brailsford apologised for suggesting the nasty reception his team have received at the Tour deFrance is a "French cultural thing".

'I went through some hard moments in the first part of this Tour and lost some time, ' said Quintana, who is fifth overall.

It comes a day after Geraint Thomas and Froome were temporarily blinded by pepper spray that had drifted downwind after police had tried to break up a protest by farmers.

Gilbert's crashed on the same descent, albeit several kilometres below, that Italian Fabio Casartelli died in a awful crash in 1995.

A scan revealed he had sustained a fractured kneecap and the Belgian has been ruled out of the Tour.

With Froome conceding he has little chance of winning after falling further behind on Wednesday, that tension may ease a little. "It'll be good to just keep doing what we've been doing".

The biggest threat to Thomas comes from Dumoulin, who said: "If I see an opportunity, I'll take it". "G has ridden such an wonderful race and he deserves to be in yellow - and, fingers crossed, he holds it now until Paris".

Just as Yates got back on his bike, Alaphilippe sped past, looked around at the Englishman and surged ahead.

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