Published: Sun, July 22, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Dumoulin predicts Thomas and Froome could turn on each other

Dumoulin predicts Thomas and Froome could turn on each other

A year ago, Martin recorded his best Tour finish of sixth overall in Paris, and with so much distance left to run, he has scope to improve on that finish this time around.

However, Nibali got up and managed to finish 13 seconds adrift of stage victor and Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas.

"I can only renew my appeals for calm, for common sense, with regards to the riders who make up the Tour de France".

Nibali quit the Tour after fracturing his T10 vertebrae in the clash with a spectator, just one of a number of incidents of poor crowd behaviour atop the famed Tour climb.

The Nibali incident occurred where the course narrowed and thick red smoke from spectators' flares reduced visibility and caused the Tour motorbikes to brake violently.

Thomas has ridden like a team leader since the final 10km of stage one into Fontenay-le-Comte, when Froome was forced off the road as the race split apart.

The two British riders took advantage of their powers in the hilly 14th stage in the Massif Central, allowing a large group of breakaway riders to build a lead of almost 20 minutes then fending off the few attacks thrown their way on the short but steep finishing climb. "I don't even know what happened myself".

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Staying close to Tom Dumoulin and Romain Bardet, Thomas had plenty left in the tank in the final 5km to overhaul long-time leader of the stage Steven Kruijswijk and storm to victory.

"I didn't actually notice it", he said.

"I'm calling for serenity", Prudhomme told French radio station France Info on Friday before the start of the 13th stage, a 169.5-km ride from Bourg d'Oisans to Valence.

On Thursday, Froome was on stage 12 when a random guy from the crowd made a decision to run up to him and push him as he was racing.

With the Tour dropping down from the Alps, there were only two categorized climbs for the riders to contend. De Gendt won the first of the day at Côte de Brié while Scully won the second at Côte de Sainte-Eulalie-en-Royans.

"By finishing together there was no change in the general standings between the top three riders with Thomas retaining his 1'39" advantage over four-time champion Froome, with Dumoulin a further 11 seconds back. He is fifth overall, now 3:21 off the pace and faces a massive challenge in the approaching Pyrenees if he is to finish on the Tour podium for the third time.

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