Duo move up after crosswind heroics

15 Jul 2019

Duo move up after crosswind heroics

Tour de France – Stage 10: Saint-Flour – Albi, 217.5km

Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal jumped up to second and third place overall at the Tour de France following a frantic finale to stage 10.
Team INEOS seized the initiative on the run into Albi, helping to drive a split in the bunch and opening out a significant gap to a number of general classification contenders.
Luke Rowe, Dylan van Baarle, Gianni Moscon and Michal Kwiatkowski combined to help move their team-mates into a prominent position, as a reduced peloton contested the finish. 
With a host of rivals distanced, including Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), Mikel Landa (Movistar) and George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma), Thomas and Bernal came home one minute and 40 seconds ahead of the chasing pack.
Sitting 1:12 and 1:16 respectively behind overall leader Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Thomas and Bernal head into the rest day in a perfect position, with the Colombian also moving into the white young rider jersey.
In the final sprint finish it was Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) who edged out the victory over Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step).

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

We were in the perfect position when it split - we all committed when we needed to.

- Geraint Thomas 
“It’s a really good day for us in the end. We had a little go earlier, but the conditions weren’t quite right.
“EF and Quick-Step both had a go too, so we just had to make sure we were ready. We were in the perfect position when it split - we all committed when we needed to.
“When they tried to close it as quickly as possible but couldn’t manage it, that’s when the elastic snapped and we really gained a bit of time.
“It’s a good gap now - and we’ve landed a good blow on a day when you wouldn’t really have expected it. To gain a minute and a half due to a positioning error on their part is great from our point of view.
“In the end it’s a really good day for us.”
- Dylan van Baarle
“It’s not only in the mountains where you can gain time, we have a strong team for days like today too and that’s what we showed. 
“Maybe EF pushed the pace at the wrong moment and then they blew up a little bit after going full gas and it worked out pretty well for us.”

Stage 10 result:

1. Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) 4:49:39
2. Elia Viviani (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) s.t.
3. Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)
4. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)
5. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe)
12. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS)
14. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS)

Overall standings:

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 43:27:15
2. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) +1:12"
3. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +1:16"

4. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) +1:27"
5. Emmanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +1:45"