Tour de France: Geraint Thomas up to second, Wout van Aert wins stage 10
Britain’s Geraint Thomas has moved up to second in the Tour de France after a late split in the peloton caused a number of rivals to fall back.
Julian Alaphilippe remains in front, 72 seconds ahead of Thomas, and also profited from the split.
Belgium’s Wout van Aert won the stage after edging out Elia Viviani in a sprint finish.
“I had a really good day in the end,” Thomas told ITV4. “We had a little go earlier but it was not the right conditions. We were always attentive and ready for anything.
“From our point of view we had everyone bar two guys [in the front group] so we were fully committed. There were plenty of guys turning and you could tell behind that they had gone full out [to catch up].
“They ran out of gas and the elastic snapped. You would never expect it today. But a positional error from them and they lose a minute and a half.”
The Tour continues on Wednesday with the 167km stage between Albi and Toulouse.