Thomas pleased to navigate 'stressful' finale

13 Jul 2018

Thomas pleased to navigate 'stressful' finale

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Geraint Thomas was happy to come through the longest stage of the Tour de France unscathed as both he and Chris Froome finished in the peloton on stage seven with Dylan Groenewegen winning a bunch sprint.

The longest stage of this year’s race, a 231km test from Fougeres to Chartres meant nearly six hours in the saddle, but Thomas was pleased he came through a tough finish, which featured a twisty, technical final. 

He remain second overall, with Greg van Avermaet (BMC Racing) leading the race by six seconds having picked up a time bonus at the final intermediate sprint, but the Welshman is relaxed heading into a pivotal weekend in the race.  

He said: “It was a bit nervous [early on] as a few teams tried [to attack] in the crosswinds, but there was no real wind and the final was super fast and super stressful, but it’s another day done.

“This week, It would have been nice to wear the yellow jersey, but another day tomorrow and then the cobbles and a nice rest day.”
Before the stage, Thomas and the rest of the riders and staff at the 2018 Tour de France showed their support for Sky Ocean Rescue

Before the stage, Thomas and the rest of the riders and staff at the 2018 Tour de France showed their support for Sky Ocean Rescue

Saturday’s stage looks to be another for the sprinters, and Thomas alluded to the cobbles that will be the main feature of stage nine’s finale in Roubaix, which may be crucial.

He added: “When you ride Roubaix, everyone wants to be there, wheres there’s all shapes and sizes here [there will be] a lot of nervous people, but we’ve got a good team so I think we’ll be alright. 

“I think it will be full gas from the start and obviously there will be mishaps and bad luck and hopefully we can stay out of trouble at the front like we’ve been doing.”
Overall standings:

1. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) 28:19:25
2. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +6"
3. Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) +8"
4. Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) +9"
5. Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) +15"
14. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 1:05"

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