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Thomas: To wear the yellow jersey is a massive honour

23 July 2018

Sky are quite unpopular in France, where their domination - winning five of the last six Tours - is reminiscent to that of disgraced Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal team in the early 2000s.

With only nine km to go, Thomas and Froome had cut the gap to three minutes, meaning Kruijswijk was barely ahead in virtual General Classification.

Thomas showed his climbing prowess, finishing 20 seconds ahead of 2017 Giro d'Italia champion Tom Dumoulin and Froome.

Dumoulin is third at 1:44, while the Spanish Movistar team's best-placed rider is Mikel Landa at 2:56, in seventh.

"Just boo, be vocal, that's fine, but just don't affect the race", Thomas added.

And despite claiming his second stage win, Thomas insisted Froome was still Team Sky's leading rider.

"Because I really wanted this victory", Alaphilippe said.

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Alaphilippe got his first Tour win after he attacked on the third ascent up the category-one Col de Romme and increased his lead over the Col de la Colombiere before the final downhill finish. It cracked me up because I knew he was watching. Froomey knows how to win a three-week race.

"For me, whatever happens now, it's been a successful Tour". "I can have a super good day after a rest day and go over the limits but I pay it back..."

"I didn't see that..."

Otherwise, the team's inexorable quality was on full display, from the chase-down of a 40-mile solo breakaway by the Netherlands' Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) to the astonishingly poised work done on Alpe d'Huez by 21-year-old Colombian Egan Bernal, who paced Thomas and Froome and covered would-be attackers.

Dumoulin, the time trial world champion, is Sky's closest challenger.

"It little bit wacky races going on there", the four-time Tour victor said.

BMC Racing Team rider Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium looks at his yellow jersey during the press conference.

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"This is where it gets hard, as we hit first mountain stage", Wiggins said on his Eurosport show.

"We were low on numbers, so it was instinct when I went".

Thomas, who is from Wales, required slightly less than 3 1/2 hours to complete the 108.5-kilometer (67-mile) route from 1992 Winter Olympics host city Albertville to La Rosiere Espace San Bernardo ski station.

Team Sky s brutal domination of the Tour and the pre-race controversy of Froome s adverse analytical finding for double the permitted amount of asthma drug salbutamol at a year ago s Tour of Spain, is not sitting well with some fans.

"I saw a massive occasion to take the yellow jersey".

"I managed to do it last year and to do it two years on the trot is pretty nice".

Cycling - Tour de France - The 158.5-km Stage 10 from Annecy to Le Grand-Bornand - July 17, 2018 - Quick-Step Floors rider Julian Alaphilippe of France in action on the gravel section of the Plateau des Glieres.

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With views of Mont Blanc atop Montee de Bisanne, there was also a technical and tricky descent from Cormet de Roselend.

Thomas: To wear the yellow jersey is a massive honour