Geraint Thomas Takes Control of the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas Takes Control of the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas Takes Control of the Tour de France

Philippe Gilbert of Belgium receives care during the 16th stage of the Tour de France. We've just got to try and look after him now, these next few days.

Chris Froome's bad day continued after Stage 17 of the Tour de France when he crashed while riding down to his team bus after being mistaken for a fan by police, Team Sky said on Wednesday. No, but the first attack of Roglic, I saw that Froome was in difficulty, but I didn't know if it was a bluff or not.

Anyway enough of the boring stuff we know you like the harsh, weird and brutal injuries. "(Thomas) has ridden such an wonderful race, he deserves to be in yellow and fingers crossed he holds it now until Paris".

"I think he's got nearly a two-minute lead on Dumoulin, which I think is a pretty comfortable lot", Froome told reporters after finishing 1:35 behind stage 17 victor Nairo Quintana and 48 seconds behind Thomas.

His track record ensures that Froome remains number one at Team Sky but it is Thomas who is inexorably heading towards victory.

"Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) is now second overall, at 1'59", after finishing fifth on the day, with Froome now third at 2'31" - 16 seconds ahead of fourth-placed Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo).

The police officer tried to block the Team Sky rider and caused Froome to fall.

Quintana, who started the day more than four minutes back in the general classification, hauled himself back into the top five with the second Tour stage win of his career.

Given his Lazarus-like ride to win this year's Giro when he stunned the peloton with an 80-kilometre lone attack, perhaps Brailsford will be proved right, yet after winning the 2017 Tour and Vuelta and then the 2018 Giro, this may also have been a climb too far for the 33-year-old. The final mountain stage on Friday could prove to be a final hurrah for Froome, Bardet, Roglic, Nairo Quintana, or any combination of those names. There's an individual time trial on Saturday before the three-week race ends Sunday in Paris.

"Thomas has been the strongest, and that's the situation now", Dumoulin said.

It was Quintana's second stage victory in the Tour, having also won a leg in 2013.

Yellow jersey-bearing Thomas latched onto his wheel immediately as did Primoz Roglic, but four-time Tour victor Froome had no response other than to grit his teeth and stick his tongue out.

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