Chris Froome concedes Tour de France and aims to help Geraint Thomas

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• Bad day sees Froome’s chances vanish as Thomas keeps lead
• Froome hopes for podium but will ride in support of teammate

Chris Froome has pledged to do everything he can to help his teammate Geraint Thomas secure a first yellow jersey after watching his chances of a fifth Tour de France vanish on the 2,215m-high Col Du Portet.

While Froome floundered during the 17th stage from Bagnères‑de‑Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan on Wednesday, Thomas gained time on his rivals and now leads his nearest challenger Tom Dumoulin by 1min 59sec – with Froome a further 32sec back in third. Whisper it but the race is now the Welshman’s to lose.

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Written by Sean Ingle in Saint-Lary-Soulan
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/25/chris-froome-tour-de-france-geraint-thomas under the title “Chris Froome concedes Tour de France and aims to help Geraint Thomas”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.