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Thomas grabs his chance to rise to second


Geraint Thomas
Geraint Thomas

By Ian Parker

Geraint Thomas capitalised on crosswinds to vault up to second overall at the Tour de France in a chaotic finish to stage 10 in Albi.

As Wout van Aert took his first career Tour stage win, Thomas and Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal were among those to profit hugely as French rival Thibaut Pinot was caught in a group that lost 100 seconds.

The 217.5km stage from Saint-Flour had been billed as a dull transition day before today's much-needed rest, but when riders awoke to see a stiff breeze blowing, they realised it would prove anything but.

Deceuninck-Quick Step's Julian Alaphilippe finished in the front group - having done much of the work to split the peloton - to retain the yellow jersey, while Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates, UAE Team Emirates' Dan Martin and Movistar's Nairo Quintana were also among those to capitalise.

The action began when Rigoberto Uran's EF Education First put the power down with 40km to go and successfully split the peloton, only to find themselves slipping into the second group on the road as Alaphilippe himself took up the baton.

Team Ineos and Bora-Hansgrohe then helped out as Pinot's Groupama-FDJ team struggled to keep up.

"EF had a little go and then Quick-Step," Thomas said. "We're just always attentive and ready. It was a really good day.

"On a day like today you'd never expect it really. It was just a positioning error from them and they've lost over a minute and a half so it's great from our point of view."

The new-look GC sees Thomas in second, 72 seconds behind Alaphilippe and four seconds ahead of Bernal in third.

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