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Thomas triumphs in yellow, but booed on Alpe d'Huez

Thomas triumphs in yellow, but booed on Alpe d'Huez

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas attacked in the finale of the 11th stage as 2017 Giro champion Tom Dumoulin took second place.

Geraint Thomas of Great Britain and Team Sky Yellow Leader Jersey / Celebration / during the 105th Tour de France 2018, Stage 12 a 175,5km stage from Bourg-Saint-Maurice Les Arcs to Alpe d'Huez 1850m / TDF / on July 19, 2018 in Alpe d'Huez, France.

It proved a bittersweet day for British riders, with Thomas' success and Chris Froome rise to second overall in contrast to Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) falling down the general classification and Cavendish's race ending.

Colombian Uran, who suffered a crash on the cobbles in the ninth stage, finished two minutes, 29 seconds behind the group of main contenders as his podium hopes virtually vanished in the first Alpine stage. When Froome accelerated, I followed him, and I felt good, too, but then there was this slowing down, and I went down.

The Lotto Jumbo rider, the highest-placed of the breakaway riders in sixth overall at 2:40 behind Thomas, became the virtual race leader on the long descent of the Col de la Madeleine.

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The sport paid for that unlimited access Thursday when unruly spectators interrupted the most iconic climb of the Tour de France. If I'm struggling, I'm not going to expect him to wait for him. When Dumoulin tried to ride away a short time later, Thomas marked the move.

"He should have been fighting for victory, " Thomas said of Nibali.

Froome had attacked with four kilometres to go but couldn't quite drop Thomas, Dumoulin and Bardet.

A one-day classic specialist who won the prestigious Fleche Wallonne last Spring, Alaphilippe brought his team its 50th win of the season.

Fellow Brit Chris Froome also managed a podium finish in a stage that took the riders 108.5km through the Alps from Albertville to La Rosière, crossing the line third to move up to second overall - almost 90 seconds behind Thomas. He knows how to race over three weeks.


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