Dumoulin down to his last chance in Tour de France

Dumoulin down to his last chance in Tour de France

Dumoulin down to his last chance in Tour de France

"Hopefully we won't have to use Froomey and we will have strength in numbers and he'll be able to follow as well", he said after Thursday's stage.

"It's unfortunate Froomey lost time". But yeah, I'm in a great position.

"But we have to keep on fighting".

The Tour de France is the world's biggest and most iconic cycling race.

Fernando Gaviria and Dylan Groenewegen, who both won two stages on this Tour, along with Andre Greipel all abandoned the race last week, while 30-stage victor Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel failed to make a time cut in the Alps.

"It doesn't make sense".

Thomas, who took third place 47 seconds off the pace, now leads Dumoulin by 1:59 and Froome by 2:31 and is widely expected to hand Team Sky their sixth Tour title in seven years.

Stage 17 features the only remaining summit finish on the race and, at 65km long, Thomas is expecting fireworks from the word go. We all have the same possibilities to go the first one down.

Demare said he was motivated by an accusation on social media from Andre Greipel, a top German sprinter, who alleged that Demare held on to his team auto on the way up the gruelling Col du Portet in Stage 17.

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As Quintana settled into his stage-winning groove, a flurry of attacks from Thomas' group were unleashed, several from Roglič.

Sky sporting director Nicolas Portal, a former rider with the team, appealed to fans to use common sense.

Martin was hot on his heels and suddenly with almost an hour's climbing left we were mano-a-mano, with Primoz Roglic attacking off the front of the yellow jersey group and Chris Froome then following. It is dramatic and exciting, but even in a mere 31km against the clock their time trialling capabilities are so limited, that Thomas, Dumoulin, Roglic and Froome will always have the upper hand.

He said: "I crashed in a turn - in the corner I made a mistake".

"It comes down to tomorrow but I can take confidence with how I'm riding, and what will be will be", he said. "As soon as you get carried away, it's when it goes downhill", the two-time Olympic track champion said. "There was still third place up for grabs and I had a little gap ... so nice bonus".

FOUR-TIME champion Chris Froome cracked on the feared 17th stage of the Tour de France through the Pyrenees yesterday, increasing Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas's hold on the yellow jersey. He didn't know it was Chris when he was going down I don't think.

An early breakaway sparked by Estonian Tanel Kangert (Astana) and "King of the Mountains" Julian Alaphilippe eventually came to nothing, although the Quick-Step rider picked up 18 precious points for his polka dot jersey.

Thomas was speaking at the end of what would have been a welcome flat stage from Trie-sur-Baise, which was uneventful for the majority of its 171 kilometres. Hence Thomas may need to gain more time on him on Friday to secure a comfortable buffer going into Saturday's "race of truth" and ensure his ride to Paris on Sunday's finish is as the Tour victor.

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