Geraint Thomas climbs final mountain and closes on Tour de France glory

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• Thomas extends lead over Dumoulin ahead of time trial
• Slovenian rider moves ahead of Froome into third place

At the finale of this most breathless of Tour de France stages, as the riders hammered down the Col d’Aubisque at speeds touching 91kph in thick mountain mist, Geraint Thomas once again held his nerve. And then, as the finish line approached, he showed his strength by surging away from his closest rival Tom Dumoulin to extend his lead to 2min 05sec.

True, there are still two stages remaining, including tomorrow’s 31km time trial from Pee-Sur-Nivelle to Espelette. But Thomas now knows that the gap to his rivals is wide enough to ensure the yellow jersey is a near formality. Come Sunday evening he will surely be the first Welshman to even cycling’s most prestigious race.

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Written by Sean Ingle in Laruns
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/27/roglic-wins-final-tour-mountain-stage-thomas-holds-yellow under the title “Geraint Thomas climbs final mountain and closes on Tour de France glory”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.