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 admitted he felt “weak” after the unforgiving slopes of the Tourmalet dealt a blow to his Tour de France hopes.
Geraint Thomas delivered a major statement of intent in the defence of his Tour de France crown as he dropped Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal on the final brutal slopes of La Planche des Belles Filles.
The switch from Team Sky to Team Ineos did nothing to change their luck in Tour de France team time trials but another podium finish without victory saw Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal pick up significant chunks of time on their rivals.