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.
Thibaut Pinot is not simply aiming to be the first French winner of the Tour de France for 34 years.
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.
Geraint Thomas admitted he felt “weak” after the unforgiving slopes of the Tourmalet dealt a blow to his Tour de France hopes.
Geraint Thomas may have spent the first rest day of the Tour de France some 72 seconds off the yellow jersey, but he and Team Ineos admitted things could not have gone much better for them in the opening 10 days.
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.
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.
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.