Thomas up to seventh as Froome finishes safe

08 Jul 2018

Thomas up to seventh as Froome finishes safe

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Geraint Thomas jumped up to seventh place overall at the Tour de France after collecting a time bonus on stage two, with Chris Froome crossing the line safely.

The Team Sky riders narrowly avoided a pile-up in the final kilometre in La Roche-sur-Yon, and despite having to check up in avoidance they finished without time loss thanks to the three-kilometre rule.
Thomas had bagged himself a one-second time bonus at the late intermediate sprint in Saint-Florent-des-Bois, elevating the Welshman into the top 10 overall, 15 seconds back on the new race leader.
That honour belonged to Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), who claimed victory from a select bunch sprint, with a number of fast men side-lined by the late crash.
Team Sky had taken up the pace on the run-in, with Jonathan Castroviejo, Luke Rowe, Gianni Moscon and Michal Kwiatkowski combining to drill it into the final kilometres. Froome finished on the wheel of his team-mates and sits 1:07 back on Sagan heading into Monday’s key team time trial.

After the stage Thomas stressed the importance of getting through safely. He said: "That was the main thing, trying to stay out of trouble. It was even more nervous than yesterday and after what happened everyone was thinking about that. Everyone wanted to be even more far forward and it was pretty dodgy out there. Fortunately we rode well as a team and stayed out of trouble. 

"With that bonus second we were there and nobody seemed to be going for it. So I said 'oh I'll have it then'. Gilbert went and nobody else seemed to follow. It didn't take any effort and you're not going to turn down a second."

Stage two result:

1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 4:06:37
2. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) s.t.
3. Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ)
4. Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal)
5. Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Emirates)
21. Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky)
23. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)
31. Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Overall classification:

1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 8:29:53
2. Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) +6"
3. Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Merida) +10"
4. Marcel Kittel (Katusha-Alpecin) +12"
5. Sylvain Chavanel (Direct Energie) +13"
7. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +15"
84. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +1:07"

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