Thomas takes stage win and yellow jersey on Tour de France

Geraint Thomas leads Team Sky teammate Chris Froome during Stage 12 of the Tour de France. Jeff Pachoud  AFP

Julian Alaphilippe claimed the first mountain leg of this Tour de France on Tuesday, while Greg Van Avermaet kept the overall lead for a seventh consecutive day. Thomas has been one of Froome's most loyal lieutenants for years and Sky labeled him a co-leader with Froome entering this year's Tour.

Twice podium finisher Romain Bardet, hoping to become the first Frenchman to win the Tour since Bernard Hinault in 1985, has suffered from bad luck with four ill-timed punctures, including three in Sunday's stage to Roubaix.

Even with the yellow jersey, and a lead of 1:25 over Froome in second place, he will give his attention to Froome.

Team Sky riders Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas remained in the peleton for the duration of the stage and are now over two minutes behind Van Avermaet in General Classification.

Next came the intermediate sprint at Thônes won by green jersey leader Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) out of a large group which formed after the first climb and contained van Avermaet. He knows how to race over three weeks.

World Emoji Day 2018
World Emoji Day is Tuesday, and Apple is getting into the spirit by recasting the photos on its executive team page as emojis. The new emojis arrive later this year in an iOS update, and include a handful of hairstyles.

"Obviously I'd love to stay up on the podium as long as possible but the main thing is winning and Froomey is our best chance. If I have to pull towards the end, then I will", Thomas said.

As the tour headed to the mountains for the first time following yesterday's rest day, a group of 21 riders including Van Avermaet broke early from the peleton.

However, the 2012 Tour champion suggested that dual leadership could leave the team with "a real problem on their hands" with the reduced number of riders per team at this year's race potentially leaving Froome and Thomas isolated. "When they go, it is never nice to see them all riding away but we had confidence in each other and we rode really well".

After going up the beyond-category ascents to Montee de Bisanne and Col du Pre, plus the second-category Cormet de Roselend, the stage concluded with the unprecedented and lengthy 17.6-kilometer climb to La Rosiere - a ski resort linked to La Thuile in the Italian region of Valle d'Aosta. The 2008 and 2012 Olympic track cycling gold medalist won the opening time trial in 2017 and wore the maillot jaune four days before Froome took over en route to his fourth title in Paris.

Several riders, including Gilbert, were dropped quickly into the climb.

Related News:

  • Chennai Schoolgirl Raped Over 6 Months By Security Guards, Others; 17 Arrested

    Chennai Schoolgirl Raped Over 6 Months By Security Guards, Others; 17 Arrested

    The perpetrators sedated the girl with the drugs in order to assault sexually the minor and made the video to blackmail her. CNN reported that an 11-year-old deaf girl was mercilessly raped by a group of men who worked in the building she lived in.
    Vegas Now Considers Raptors Favorite to Land Kawhi Leonard

    Vegas Now Considers Raptors Favorite to Land Kawhi Leonard

    The Toronto Raptors have become the even money favorites to land Leonard from the Spurs, according to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas. An interesting twist came on Thursday in the ongoing Kawhi Leonard trade saga.
    Google Just Fined $5 Billion for Abusing Android Dominance

    Google Just Fined $5 Billion for Abusing Android Dominance

    Google has built a massive business of banner and videos ads, thanks largely to its central role on Android devices. Google said Android had created choice and not hindered it. "We will appeal the Commission's decision", he added.
  • Student Who Walked 20 Miles To Work Rewarded With New Car

    Student Who Walked 20 Miles To Work Rewarded With New Car

    It was a truly remarkable, and nearly unthinkable act of heroism, that Walter took to make sure he made it to the job". Impressed by the Hurricane Katrina refugee's work ethic, she started a GoFundMe page that's raised more than $43,000.
    Maintaining International Security Responsibility of Both United States, Russia, Says Vladimir Putin

    Maintaining International Security Responsibility of Both United States, Russia, Says Vladimir Putin

    Trump has been criticized by members of both political parties over his Russian meddling comments. The president said that although he believes U.S.
    Manny Machado Has Been Traded To The Los Angeles Dodgers

    Manny Machado Has Been Traded To The Los Angeles Dodgers

    Orioles shortstop Manny Machado is expected to be traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers , according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. Baseball has been enthralled with the hunt for Manny Machado and finding out which team the Orioles will trade him to.
  • Blue Origin Successfully Launches New Shepard Rocket for High-Altitude Emergency Abort Test

    The dummy, flying on board a New Shepard ship for the third time, will allow scientists to test future passenger conditions. The team will then attempt to safely land the booster, as it did during a similar test back in 2016.
    Russian 'agent' Maria Butina held in United States  jail over conspiracy charges

    Russian 'agent' Maria Butina held in United States jail over conspiracy charges

    Torshin was placed under sanction by the Treasury Department earlier this year and is barred from traveling to the United States. The NRA has so far made no comment this week about the charges against Butin or the Torshin connection.
    Houston, Phoenix among future Final Four sites

    Houston, Phoenix among future Final Four sites

    The nine Men's Final Fours in Indianapolis are second only to the 10 hosted in Kansas City (most recently in 1988). OR and SC were the other participants.
  • CW Developing Solo BATWOMAN Show for 2019

    The character has previously been in relationships with Renee Montoya and Maggie Sawyer (a connection The CW is surely aware of). In May, Arrow star Stephen Amell unveiled Batwoman's impending crossover appearance at The CW's upfronts presentation.
    Meghan Markle's Half-Sister Launches Stunning Attack On The Duchess

    Meghan Markle's Half-Sister Launches Stunning Attack On The Duchess

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will visit an exhibition in London to mark Nelson Mandela's 100 birth anniversary on July 18. In response to photos of Meghan and Harry attending an event in honor of Nelson Mandela , Samantha had this to say.
    India vs England: Jason Roy doubtful for 3rd ODI

    India vs England: Jason Roy doubtful for 3rd ODI

    While Dinesh Karthik contributed 21 runs, MS Dhoni once again played a slow-paced innings, after he scored 42 runs off 66 balls. FIFTY! Virat Kohli gets to his 48th ODI fifty as visitors continue to dominate despite the dismissals of Rohit and Dhawan.


Most liked

Trump says Russian Federation to 'help with North Korea'
The accord did not have a timetable for the process or plan to carry it out. Trump and Kim met last month in a historic summit last month.

Mafi released on bail after alleged assault
Melbourne Rebels player Amanaki Mafi has been released on bail after allegedly assaulting a teammate on Sunday. The alleged assault occurred after the visitors lost 43-37 to the Highlanders in Dunedin on Saturday.

Meghan's Dad's Desperate Interview With The Sun
This week Thomas Markle has spoken up again, this time expressing his concern for his daughter's wellbeing to The Sun on Sunday. In fact, if you remember the details of the meeting between Meghan Markle and prince Harry , you should already be smiling.

Secret Service agent dies after stroke at Turnberry resort
During his time in the UK, the President met with Theresa May at Chequers to discuss Brexit and a future UK/US trade deal. In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, the president identified the agent as special agent Nole Edward Remagen.

Russian Federation agrees to help with North Korea relationship, Trump says
Facing anger upon his return stateside Trump sought to walk back his remarks in an extraordinary postscript to the meeting. He said he then reviewed the transcripts of his Helsinki statements and explained that he had misspoken.

Brexit: UK PM May says Trump told her to sue the EU
Trump said he did not see any Democrat who could beat him: 'I don't see anybody. "I mean they have a lot of great product". He said he had told May how to conduct Brexit negotiations, "but she didn't listen to me".

Finns protest Trump-Putin meeting
Finland has a long legacy of hosting U.S. -Russian rapprochement or decisions about Europe made "over the heads of Europeans". US President Donald Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.

World Cup Results By FIFA 18 Players Worldwide
No team has played three extra-time matches in the same World Cup, as Croatia has done in its past three contests. Nacer Chadli's 94th-minute victor was one of the best team goals I ever saw in an all-time World Cup classic.

Cher and Meryl Streep share a kiss at 'Mamma Mia' premiere
The band said: "We all felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio". She said it's "sweet" that her husband, with whom she shares a daughter born the month they married, was concerned.

Astronomers Find a Staggering 12 New Moons Orbiting Jupiter
Scientists believe it could be the last remaining remnant of a once larger moon that was involved in past collisions. Sheppard's girlfriend came up with a name for it: Valetudo, the great-granddaughter of the Roman god Jupiter.

Brewers's Josh Hader required by Major League Baseball to complete sensitivity training
If, as Hader said last night, he's a different person now than he was back in 2011-12, he should embrace such activities. During Tuesday night's exhibition, some racist and anti-gay tweets that Hader sent when he was a teenager surfaced.

Amazon workers in Europe go on strike during Prime Day
It seems these roadblocks were too minor to have any material impact on the company's ability to ship out merchandise. But Amazon .com suffered ongoing technical glitches that left many shoppers unable to complete purchases.

Google Assistant Now Offers 'Visual Snapshot' Of Your Day
The Google Assistant can also send proactive notifications on your phone to remind you of important upcoming events. On top are the travel times so you know when to hit the road.

ESPN used photo of Bryce Harper's brother in Home Run Derby graphic
Schwarber racked up 18 home runs, and Harper was barely scraping by during the first half of his plate appearance. He had earned 30 seconds of bonus time, so all it took was a few more pitches to hit one more and win.

No Man's Sky Next brings the game closer to its original vision
Update: Game dev Amy Dentata pointed out that the robot-dogs have always been around if you raise alerts to a certain point. The space explore-'em-up is now fully playable in first or third person-both on foot and inside your ship.