Thomas in Tour lead, but loyal to Froome

Thomas in Tour lead, but loyal to Froome

Belgium's Greg van Avermaet, who had led since the third stage, was well down the field in the main peloton.

Thomas broke from his Team Sky teammates with 5.5 km to go, with teammate and 2017 Tour de France victor Chris Froome following in pursuit. I think it's fantastic for us to have those options.

British Olympic track cycling champion Geraint Thomas grabbed the Tour de France lead, attacking with three and a half miles to win a summit finish on Stage 11 on Wednesday.

In 2013, French freeride mountain biker Romain Marandet jumped over a group including eventual victor Chris Froome of Team Sky during the 100th edition of the race.

Wiggins was in the same situation when Froome was his "domestique" on Sky and there was controversy on the 2011 Vuelta a Espana, where Wiggins finished third, and the 2012 Tour, which he won, with Froome second in both races. "It meant Froomey could follow behind so ideal scenario really".

"I'm feeling good and optimistic about the upcoming stages", the four-time champion said on Monday, the Tour's first rest day.

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"We're still here to try and win the race, whatever way that is".

The top five in the overall classification is rounded out by 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali in fourth, 2:14 behind Thomas, and Primoz Roglic in fifth, 2:23 back. We were expecting attacks.

It will be a second spell in yellow for Thomas, who won the opening time trial of last year's Tour in Dusseldorf. "Maybe two years ago I would have attacked too early".

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.

"If Geraint stays where he is and takes the yellow jersey they've got a real problem on their hands".

Twice podium finisher Romain Bardet, hoping to become the first Frenchman to win the Tour since Bernard Hinault in 1985, has suffered from bad luck with four ill-timed punctures, including three in Sunday's stage to Roubaix.

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