Published: Sat, July 21, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Thomas wins second mountain stage as Martin loses time

Thomas wins second mountain stage as Martin loses time

The Team Sky rider attacked six kilometres from the top of the final climb of this 108.5km stage from Albertville to claim his second career Tour stage win.

Movistar's Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde cracked on the climb along with UAE Team Emirates' Dan Martin, while Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali hit the deck trying to weave his way through fans just millimetres from their heroes.

"Obviously it's not nice (the boos) but everyone is entitled to their opinion, but we need to be safe", Thomas said.

"I never thought in my wildest dreams I would win today".

Thomas said: "Honestly I'm speechless".

Seconds after Sagan reasserted his status as the most feared finisher left on the Tour, overall leader Geraint Thomas safely crossed in the pack along with teammate - and nearest challenger - Chris Froome. "I know this is part of the joy of our sport, how close the crowd gets, but we know that if it impacts the race as it did today with Nibali then that's too much".

Thomas has said that although he would work to support Froome, he is not going to intentionally lose time.

"I just had an opportunity".

Former Sky teammate Mikel Nieve led the stage for much of the race but Thomas chose to close the Spaniard down, a decision he justified by powering over the line in first place 1,855 metres up into the mountains.

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"Don't touch the riders, let us race, don't spit at us, have a bit of decency".

This victory on the Alpe d'Huez, one of the most iconic climbs in all of cycling, was the first ever for a British rider and it means he extends his overall lead to one minute and 39 seconds over Team Sky teammate Chris Froome.

Thomas attacked on the last of four climbs over the short but gruelling 11th stage, powered past longtime breakaway leader Mikel Nieve in the final kilometre, and finished 20 seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin.

It has not abated the French public's anger toward the Briton, who already had urine thrown at him during the 2015 Tour.

Twice an Olympic gold medal victor on the track, Thomas now leads his team leader by one minute and 39 seconds, with Dumoulin a further 11 seconds back.

"He's ridden the race of his life so far at this Tour", Froome said.

Nibali's departure follows those of other pre-race favorites Richie Porte of Australia (BMC), who crashed out in Stage 9, and Colombia's Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First), who did not start Thursday morning, hampered by injuries he sustained in a crash, also during Stage 9.

Sprinting standout Mark Cavendish, meanwhile, finished far behind and missed the time limit, ending his Tour.

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