Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Thomas set to win Tour as fading Froome drops down to fourth

Thomas set to win Tour as fading Froome drops down to fourth

This isn't the first time Froome has had an unfortunate incident at the 2018 Tour de France. The big challenge is the mountain stage of tomorrow.

With his bonus seconds applied, Roglic moved into third place, 13 seconds ahead of Froome who slips to fourth, two minutes and 37 seconds behind Thomas.

Fernando Gaviria of Colombia and Dylan Groenewegen - who had each won two stages in this year's race - called it quits during Stage 12 to Alpe d'Huez. "I'm really sick of it, it doesn't make sense".

The stage started with an 18-rider break which then became 12 by the time it reached the Col de Tourmalet where the stage came alive.

Greipel, who also quit in Stage 12, later apologised on Twitter, saying he had relied on "incorrect" information.

"I can't complain, I could be worse", said Sagan. It's regrettable that people doubt my performances.

"It's very nice to win today, what can I say". It's not in my mindset or my philosophy to [cheat].

"I think we're in a brilliant position with G in the yellow jersey", Froome told NBC TV as he rolled past the line.

Nibali broke the 10th vertebrae in a crash on the famous climb up to Alpe d'Huez last week when a fan caught their camera strap on his handlebars.

Alexander Kristoff of Norway crossed third in the same time.

Froome, a four-time champion, finished the stage in eighth place at 1:35 behind Colombian victor Nairo Quintana and 48 seconds behind teammate and overall leader Geraint Thomas.

FOUR-TIME champion Chris Froome cracked on the feared 17th stage of the Tour de France through the Pyrenees yesterday, increasing Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas's hold on the yellow jersey. The route will take the riders over three-quarters of the so-called "Circle of Death" - the Aspin, Tourmalet and Aubisque, but they are only three of six categorised climbs on a day created to break anyone already bending. "It will be hard, but tomorrow we hope to turn the race around". I worked hard in the mountains before the Tour and, as a result, I made it through mountain stages when most of the sprinters did not. "I think it was just too much to drink, a bit of an idiot".

Asked if the outcome means Sky is now all riding for him, Thomas said: "I guess so".

"Hopefully we won't have to use Froomey".

"Apparently he was doing the same to Quintana", Thomas said, referring to stage victor Nairo Quintana of Movistar.

"But having Froomey at my disposal is phenomenal".

Froome was left furious at the officer and was then filmed shouting "fuck you" at the man after he was back on his feet.

One fan who reached over the barriers almost took Thomas down Wednesday.

Yesterday morning, Greipel wrote: "My apology go out to @ArnaudDemare and @GroupamaFDJ as I have had not the right to make that tweet based on Global Positioning System time, which can be wrong, plus I got the incorrect times he lost on the last hill".

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