Thomas powers to stage 11 win and Tour de France yellow jersey

Geraint Thomas wins stage 12 tour de france 2018

Geraint Thomas claimed the stage win and the race leader’s yellow jersey on the Tour de France on Wednesday, with a powerful ride up the final climb of a grueling 108km run from Albertville to La Rosière.

Team Sky’s rider, who won the Criterium du Dauphine last month, attacked near the end of the 11th stage. The 2017 Giro champion Tom Dumoulin took second place, 20 seconds behind Thomas and just ahead of his Team Sky colleague and defending champion Chris Froome.

Romain Bardet, Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana crossed the line 59 seconds behind Thomas.

The Welshman attacked from the group of favorites with nine kilometers left of the 17.6-km ascent at an average gradient of 5.8 percent to La Rosiere, and caught Dumoulin, who had attacked earlier.

The Dutchman could not sustain the pace of Thomas, who also caught and then left in his wake Mikel Nieve, the last survivor of the day’s breakaway.

“I just felt good today, I followed my instincts,” said Thomas, who now leads Froome by one minute 25 seconds and third-placed Dumoulin by 1:44.

Several top contenders sustained heavy losses. Alejandro Valverde, who was on the attack in the final climb, finished 3:30 off the pace, and Adam Yates crossed the line 4:42 behind.

Last year’s runner-up Rigoberto Uran finished 26:07 down, killing off any hopes he may have had of a podium finish.

Thursday’s 12th stage is likely to see the favorites battle it out for yellow again with a summit finish on the iconic Alpe d’Huez.

Tour de France 2018 – stage 11 results:

1Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky3:29:36
2Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb0:00:20
3Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky
4Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:00:22
5Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott
6Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates0:00:27
7Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:57
8Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:59
9Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
10Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
11Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo
12Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:07
13Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:47
14Egan Bernal (Col) Team Sky
15Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:58
16Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:02:51
17Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:59
18Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:03:06
19Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:03:08
20Warren Barguil (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic


General classification after stage 11:

1Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky44:06:16
2Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:01:25
3Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb0:01:44
4Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:02:14
5Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:23
6Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:40
7Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team0:02:56
8Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:58
9Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:03:16
10Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates
11Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:28
12Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team0:04:53
13Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:04:58
14Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott0:05:21
15Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors0:05:50
16Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott0:05:51
17Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:06:36
18Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:10:01
19Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data0:10:30
20Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:46


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