Tour de France: Cort is the Zwift Rider of the Day

Dean Simpson
July 23, 2018

Tour de France sprint king Peter Sagan once borrowed a beat-up bike from his sister on his way to dominating his rivals in a Slovak Cup event.

He was also disqualified from the world championships for holding on to a team auto, and was investigated over allegedly pushing an opponent off their bike.

Many will agree with Brailsford's assessment but at the same time his comments are bound to inflame the situation further when the race resumes after Monday's rest day.

Thomas won two mountain stages, including the queen alpine stage at the top of the Alpe d'Huez, to take and consolidate the overall lead as team mate Froome appeared slightly less in form after winning the Giro d'Italia in May.

Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (UAE), who finished a close second, has 170 while Frenchman Arnaud Demare, of Groupama, has 133.

This time, Sagan was racing against a field of sprinters greatly depleted by three grueling days in the mountains.

Sagan won stages two and six of this Tour, and now has 11 Tour stage wins to his name.

Thomas says the priority is to make sure Sky riders don't race against each other.

"It's changed", he said.

Defending champion Chris Froome, who has often been subjected to negative treatment from Tour de France fans, was booed all the way up to the summit and one spectator ran alongside the Briton before slapping him on the shoulder.

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. (Romain) Bardet tried on the descent but we were always in control.

This isn't Moscon's first brush with controversy on the Tour de France, past year handed a six-week suspension by Team Sky after being found to have racially abused French rider Kevin Reza.

Thomas said of the liquid tossed at Froome: "I don't know what it was but I'm not surprised".

While the Welshman Thomas is attempting to win the Tour for the first time, the Kenyan-born Froome is aiming for a record-tying fifth victory in cycling's biggest race.

On the final climb, there was some headwind, but I found a moment for an attack and just did my best to catch Stuyven to lead the race, and to hold my advantage until the finish line.

Thomas has been jeered for being Froome's teammate.

Not only do Thomas and Froome lose a key helper for the third week - albeit Sky were the only team with a rider in contention for the maillot jaune still to have all eight riders - the incident is hardly going to help relations with the locals. "It was nice to go on fast roads, the wind was kind to us and it was a good day to get ticked off".

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