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Thomas benefits from crosswind; CYCLING.

WOUT VAN AERT took his first career Tour de France stage victory as crosswinds ripped up the general classification.

Geraint Thomas and Ineos team-mate Egan Bernal profited hugely as French rival Thibaut Pinot was caught in a group who lost 100 seconds on the 217.5km stage from Saint-Flour to Albi.

Julian Alaphilippe was in the front group to retain the yellow jersey, but Thomas now vaults into second place overall, 72 seconds behind the Frenchman.

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

"We had everyone bar two guys and we all just really committed. Bora (Hansgrohe) were there, there were plenty of guys turning. Behind, you can tell they went full-on on the climb to try to close it, but because they didn't get there they just ran out of gas and that's when the elastic snapped.

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."

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jul 16, 2019
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