Tour de France is Geraint Thomas's to lose, according to Bradley Wiggins

Tour de France is Geraint Thomas's to lose, according to Bradley Wiggins

Team Sky chief Dave Brailsford hit out at organisers on Monday for failing to stop "intimidating" abuse of his riders and staff as they attempt to win the Tour de France.

Cycling's unwritten rule suggest that the yellow jersey should not be attacked by a team mate but Froome has been designated as the main leader and with six grand tour titles under his belt, he should be allowed to by Sky.

'As long as there is a Team Sky rider on that top step in Paris, I'm happy, ' he said.

Sky has uncommon wealth, vast ambition and an ability to stock its roster with riders with the talent to lead any squad in the peloton--all of which has created an unexpected headache.

The Dutchman sits third on GC just 11 seconds down on Froome and poses the greatest threat to the Sky duo.

The first of those career-defining performances from the Welshman put him into the yellow jersey that everyone usually expects to see on the shoulders of Froome.

Team Sky cyclists Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas have sent a powerful message to their Tour de France rivals as the famous race enters its most critical stages. That is the question on everyone's lips as the Tour de France heads into its final week. "We're trying to remain dignified, we're trying not to react, and we're trying not to get distracted by it".

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Brailsford said: "Chris's case was open when we raced in Italy".

"It seems to be the thing that's done here".

"The support has been insane and with the Tour starting a week later, kids are off school now, so maybe more people can come out and enjoy the Tour", said Thomas. I'm not sure they'd have liked their football players being spat at in Russian Federation (at the World Cup). "I think he is just riding so well. The level of impact it has on the race, I'm not so sure".

"I'm in dreamland at the moment - there is no real pressure, I'm just enjoying it and having won back-to-back mountain stages is just insane", he said.

"From a team point of view, I'm going to keep the focus on the rest of this race here, and then next week I will gather the facts, look at the process and go from there".

Moscon, a one-day race specialist who is on the Tour as a domestique, was also accused of sending another rider crashing previous year before being cleared of wrongdoing by the International Cycling Union (UCI).