Geraint Thomas said on Saturday night he believed Julian Alaphilippe deserved a podium spot after his electrifying ride lit up the Tour de France – but the Welshman may well wonder if he cost him the top step.
Team Ineos’ attempts to break Julian Alaphilippe on the Galibier served mostly to reopen their own leadership debate as Egan Bernal leapfrogged Geraint Thomas on stage 18 of the Tour de France.
Nairo Quintana soloed to victory on stage 18 of the Tour de France in Valloire as Egan Bernal raced away from Ineos team-mate Geraint Thomas while they tried to shake off Julian Alaphilippe on the Galibier.
Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe played down an altercation between Team Ineos and Jumbo-Visma as Matteo Trentin won stage 17 of the Tour de France in Gap.
Geraint Thomas shrugged off his third crash of the Tour de France as Caleb Ewan won stage 16 in soaring temperatures in Nimes.
Geraint Thomas declared himself over the blip which cost him time in the Pyrenean mountains as he looked ahead to the decisive stages of the Tour de France and an expected battle for supremacy with home hopeful Thibaut Pinot.
Simon Yates soloed to his second Tour de France victory of the week oblivious to the fireworks behind him as the battle for the yellow jersey exploded on the ramps up to the Prat d’Albis on stage 15.
Simon Yates soloed to his second Tour de France victory of the week on stage 15 to the Prat d’Albis as the first cracks appeared in Julian Alaphilippe to bring the battle for the yellow jersey alive.
Geraint Thomas admitted he felt “weak” after the unforgiving slopes of the Tourmalet dealt a blow to his Tour de France hopes.
Julian Alaphilippe’s stunning victory in Friday’s Tour de France time trial led a surprised Geraint Thomas to suggest the Frenchman might now be the favourite to win the race.
A stunned Geraint Thomas called Julian Alaphilippe the favourite to win the Tour de France after the Frenchman’s shock time trial victory in Pau saw him extend his lead in yellow.
Simon Yates reached out and grabbed a slice of Tour de France glory with victory on Thursday’s stage 12 from Toulouse to Bagneres-de-Bigorre.
Simon Yates claimed his first career Tour de France victory on stage 12 from Toulouse to Bagneres-de-Bigorre.
Julian Alaphilippe singled out Geraint Thomas as the man most likely to win the Tour de France as he prepares for what are expected to be his final days in the yellow jersey.
Caleb Ewan’s first career Tour de France stage win came by the narrowest of margins as the Australian edged out Dylan Groenewegen by the width of a wheel rim in Toulouse.
Geraint Thomas and Team Ineos had every reason to be satisfied as they reached the first rest day of the Tour de France in an enviable position.
Geraint Thomas vaulted up to second overall at the Tour de France as crosswinds blew the general classification apart in a chaotic finish to stage 10 in Albi.
Geraint Thomas capitalised on crosswinds to vault up to second overall at the Tour de France in a chaotic finish to stage 10 in Albi.
Geraint Thomas got an apology from Michael Woods a day after the spectacular crash that threatened to derail his defence of the Tour de France title.
Daryl Impey won stage nine of the Tour de France from the breakaway as Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe kept the yellow jersey on Bastille Day.
Thomas De Gendt soloed to victory on stage eight of the Tour de France in Saint Etienne as Julian Alaphilippe regained the yellow jersey and Geraint Thomas survived a dramatic crash which snapped team-mate Gianni Moscon’s bike in half.
Team Ineos were happy to see the focus switch from Egan Bernal to Geraint Thomas at the Tour de France as Friday’s long, slow day in the saddle allowed time for the dust to settle on a dramatic first mountain stage of the race.
Geraint Thomas knows he faces a battle to keep up with his young team-mate Egan Bernal when the Tour de France heads for La Planche des Belles Filles on Thursday.
As Elia Viviani claimed his first career Tour de France stage win by a wheel length in Nancy, the debate continued as to the size and significance of the margin that separated Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal 24 hours earlier.
Julian Alaphilippe stormed into the yellow jersey as Geraint Thomas lost a handful of seconds to team-mate Egan Bernal on stage three of the Tour de France.
Julian Alaphilippe soloed his way into the yellow jersey as Geraint Thomas lost a handful of seconds to team-mate Egan Bernal on stage three of the Tour de France.