Tour de France 2018

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His repeated assertions that Froome remained Sky's man for the overall win are respectful to the point of parody, but he keeps making an important point: with six Grand Tour wins under his belt, Froome's record matters, massively. Dumoulin, the time trial world champion and last year's Giro d'Italia victor, is third, 1:50 behind, and Roglic is fourth, 2:38 back.

While Tour race director Christian Prudhomme personally apologised to the team and publicly called for a calming of fan behaviour, it wasn't enough, Bahrain Merida's general manager Brent Copeland told several outlets including Cyclingnews.

The situation is unusual: an established champion, Chris Froome, with a - faint - question mark over his strength, trailing behind a teammate, Thomas, who pledged to show loyalty, but is in the form of his life and clearly contemplating a career-defining victory.

Thomas has said that although he would work to support Froome, he is not going to intentionally lose time.

Behind about 20 riders with a kilometre to go, Sagan charged to overtake runner-up Alexander Kristoff and Arnaud Demare.

Former champion Vincenzo Nibali was forced out of the Tour de France on Thursday after fracturing his back in a collision during a drama-packed 12th stage to the summit of Alpe d'Huez, his Bahrain team doctor confirmed. "I knew Alaphilippe was coming strong".

Fraile became the third Spanish victor of a Tour stage in Mende after Marcos Serrano in 2005 and Joaquim "Purito" Rodriguez in 2010.

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Stage 15 on Sunday from Millau to Carcassonne is another hilly leg before the race's second rest day on Monday.

Anytime between 4.34 and 5.02pm, according to the scheduled timings on the Tour de France's official website.

"The main thing is we win and don't end up racing against other and then Dumoulin wins".

Eurosport expert Juan Antonio Flecha takes on cycling's most iconic climb: the Alpe d'Huez.

"Bardet had a 10sec lead on us and we were in amongst the motorbikes", he explained. He is fifth overall, now 3 minutes 21 seconds off the pace and faces a massive challenge in the approaching Pyrenees if he is to finish on the Tour podium for the third time.

He hinted there could be measures to stop fans running behind riders during the spectacular mountain stages that attract thousands to the roadside. "Sixteen kilometres to go, did you say?"

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