Friday, 19 October, 2018

Tour de France 2018 - Geraint Thomas wins Stage 11, takes yellow jersey

Chris Froome 'optimistic' as Tour de France heads for the mountains VIDEO - Geraint Thomas presented with yellow jersey after Team Sky dominate Stage 11 - Tour de France
Rita Gibson | 19 July, 2018, 12:27

Stage victor Britain's Geraint Thomas and new overall leader celebrates on the podium after the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 108.5 kilometers (67.4 miles) with start in Albertville and finish in La Rosiere Espace San Bernardo, France. I think it's fantastic for us to have those options.

Team Sky took control of the Tour de France in the high Alps with Geraint Thomas taking the yellow jersey of race leadership for the second time in his career, following a solo win at the Alpine ski station of La Rosière.

There was talk before and during this year's Tour that Thomas could challenge Froome as Sky's team leader, even though Froome has won the last three Grand Tours.

There will be two more stages in the Alps with a summit finish at the iconic Alpe d'Huez, but fireworks should not be expected as the top guns are likely to hold fire, waiting for the finale in the Pyrenees.

The Belgian rider was joined in the lead by fellow General Classification contender Philippe Gilbert and green jersey leader Peter Sagan but Team Sky riders Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome remained behind. For me, it's an unknown.

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"For me, it's an unknown, it's more just trying to get through the stage, stay in the position we were in at least and not lose time on GC", Thomas said. He knows how to race over three weeks. "It's the ideal scenario at the moment and long may it continue". Though the sight of Team Sky massed on the front of the peloton most of the day was not unexpected, the way in which he attacked with yellow on the line certainly was.

Thomas dons the yellow jersey for a second straight Tour.

Last year, he led the Tour for four days, but while sitting second overall he crashed in stage 9 and abandoned.

After going up the beyond-category ascents to Montee de Bisanne and Col du Pre, plus the second-category Cormet de Roselend, the stage concluded with the unprecedented and lengthy 17.6-kilometre climb to La Rosiere - a ski resort linked to La Thuile in the Italian region of Valle d'Aosta.

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