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Thomas takes yellow jersey as Team Sky shine

 

By Ian Parker

Geraint Thomas rode his way into the yellow jersey with a memorable victory on stage 11 of the Tour de France to La Rosiere.

The Team Sky rider attacked 6km from the top of the final climb of this 108.5km stage from Albertville to claim his second career Tour stage win.

His mission was to catch rival Tom Dumoulin, the Team Sunweb rider who was looking to make his own gains. But when former team-mate Mikel Nieve slid into view, trying to win from the breakaway, another prize was on offer and Thomas kicked, passing the Mitchelton-Scott man inside the final 400m.

Team-mate Chris Froome came in third, alongside Dumoulin, some 20 seconds later in a pretty much perfect day for Team Sky as they made up time on their rivals.

Thomas now leads by one minute 25 seconds from Froome, with Dumoulin a further 19 seconds back in third place.

It is a second spell in yellow for Thomas after he held it for four days of last year's Tour following victory in the opening time trial in Dusseldorf.

Though the sight of Sky on the front of the peloton most of the day was not one to excite fans, Thomas delivered with panache.

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