Dumoulin furious as motorbike 'paces' rival to Tour stage win

Dumoulin furious as motorbike 'paces' rival to Tour stage win

Dumoulin furious as motorbike 'paces' rival to Tour stage win

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

"I was braking but it wasn't enough". It was the 70th time the Tour passed through Pau, which first hosted the race in 1930.

Already mathematically assured of his sixth green jersey for the points competition, the Slovakian is one of the favourites for the final stage on the Champs Elysees.

Wednesday's stage victor Nairo Quintana of Movistar was caught in a crash along with Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates with 105km to go, but they were soon back on their bikes.

"I want to say that I'm happy to be here after that tough moment", he said.

One fan who reached over the barriers almost took Thomas down Wednesday. He has some cuts, some scrapes, a torn jersey.

Knowing his Tour was most likely over, Gilbert's effort to continue for another 60km was either incredibly gutsy or incredibly ill-advised. Peter suffers from heavy abrasions and some bruises on his right side.

"I went through some hard moments in the first part of this Tour and lost some time", said Quintana, who is fifth overall. I have some scratches and I hit the muscle on my a**.

"We're expecting the worst", admitted Thomas.

"That was a hard crash but, fortunately, I haven't broken anything and I feel confident about the last four stages of @LeTour".


Nibali broke the 10th vertebrae in a crash on the famous climb up to Alpe d'Huez last week when a fan caught their camera strap on his handlebars.

Thomas, whose performance was also a reflection of the mighty work of his teammates - Dutchman Wout Poels and Colombian Egan Bernal - took no pleasure from Froome suffering.

The "bad bay" never materialized, and assuming Thomas can hold second placed Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 2:05 in Saturday's time trail, the 2018 Tour de France title will be his.

"Froomey said on the radio at maybe 5k or 4k to go, that he wasn't feeling super", Welshman Thomas said. "I'm not the best in the mountains but I did not give up and today it paid off".

A former ski jumper who rides for Team Lotto NL-Jumbo, Roglic finished 19 seconds ahead of Thomas, while Romain Bardet of France crossed third with the same time.

Four-time Tour de France victor Chris Froome was dragged off his bike by a French policeman shortly after finishing stage 17 on Wednesday, in an incident that resulted in an angry exchange.

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

A policeman on the side of the road believed Froome was one of the thousands of fans who ride up the mountains to see the competitors, and tried to stop him. "We think there will be attacks straight from the start, it's the last mountain stage and the guys will be wanting to take any opportunity they can".

Dumoulin would be closer to Thomas had he not been hit with a 20-second penalty in Stage 6 for straying too close to his team auto, benefiting from the draft that pulled him along.

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