Tour de France: Julian Alaphilippe extends lead over Geraint Thomas
Julian Alaphilippe has extended his lead in the Tour de France after winning the stage 13 time trial.
Reigning champion Geraint Thomas was expected to gain time on Alaphilippe but the Frenchman finished the 27.2km course 14 seconds ahead of his rival.
“I didn’t really expect that from Alaphilippe,” Thomas told ITV4.
“The way he’s riding, if he can keep that up, he’ll win.
“It was OK, just that last bit I didn’t feel like I really did it – when I really wanted to step on it, I didn’t have that last 5% but it’s still a decent ride.”
Thomas is now 86 seconds behind Alaphilippe ahead of the 117.5km mountain stage on Saturday.