Froome ready to give up yellow jersey dream for Thomas

Tyler Owen
July 24, 2018

"The rider pleaded his case through his directeurs sportifs who were heard by the jury of commissaires", read the statement from the race jury.

"As long as there is a Team Sky rider on the top step of the podium in Paris, I'm happy", Froome said during a rest day on Monday.

Sky has uncommon wealth, vast ambition and an ability to stock its roster with riders with the talent to lead any squad in the peloton--all of which has created an unexpected headache.

The Dutchman sits third on GC just 11 seconds down on Froome and poses the greatest threat to the Sky duo.

Thomas maintained his advantage of 1 minute, 39 seconds over defending champion Froome.

"Yeah, we felt safe", said Thomas after finishing almost nine minutes behind stage victor Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step). "They come from everywhere, and I don't think it is healthy to make it about nationalities", said Lappartient.

Team Sky's Tour de France bid plunged into turmoil after one of its riders was disqualified for punching an opponent.

A gendarme sprays tear gas at protesters as other gendarmes remove haystacks from the route during a farmers protest who attempted to block the stage's route during the 16th stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling

And although the race began with adamant claims that Thomas would be a loyal super-domestique for Froome, the team can not ignore the weight of public opinion. "We were always in the right place, and it's a good day to get done". "I had lots of bad luck", he said.

Sky's domination for the fourth consecutive year could mean the team's sixth Tour crown from the past seven editions. "In stage races, the shorter they are, the better it is". "But if we're able to mix the strain of longer stages with shorter legs that allow space for more attacks, a good mix could be the victor".

Froome was initially barred from starting his title defence by organizers because of the suspicion surrounding his "adverse analytical finding" for the asthma drug salbutamol at the Tour of Spain a year ago.

Riders were seen pouring water into their eyes amid chaotic scenes during stage 16 on Tuesday, after police took action against farmers protesting along the route using bales of hay and tractors.

"All this talk of attacking or not attacking...we're in an fantastic position, we're one and two", he said.

"Spectators are becoming more and more demanding and they want to see real excitement", says Luca Guercilena, general manager of the Trek-Segafredo team. "I'm taking each day as it comes".

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