Team Sky Take Control: Thomas in Yellow as Froome takes back Time

Stage 11 was an attack festival from start to finish, Team Sky set the pace and delivered their favorites to the front of the race on the final climb of the Cormet de Roseland

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) took victory on the summit finish to La Rosière on stage 11 and moved into the overall lead.

Thomas sprinted past breakaway rider Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott) in the final few hundred metres to take victory.

Thomas had attacked from the Team Sky train on the final climb and bridged across to Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), and attacked again to overhaul old team mate Mikel Nieve just before the line.

Dumoulin came second, while Chris Froome was able to attack from the Sky Train later and took  third place putting time into his rivals, including Quintana, Bardet, Nibali and Roglic.

Thomas is a 1m 25 secs ahead of team mate Froome, just ahead of Dumoulin who also put in an impressive performance to move into third overall.

Team Sky’s riders held firm in the face of great pressure on a short, sharp 108.5 km test. Luke Rowe worked hard early, before Gianni Moscon, Wout Poels, Jonathan Castroviejo and Michal Kwiatkowski set a fierce tempo. With Kwiatkowski finishing his effort and Egan Bernal slipping back after a strong ride, Thomas picked his moment and launched a stinging acceleration.

Thomas said afterwards “It’s unreal I didn’t expect it at all, we were low on numbers so it was more instinct [to attack] so we didn’t get caught having to ride - I saw a little gap.

“I committed to going across to Dumoulin and I was able to sit on of course, as Froome was coming across and I could see Frosty [Mikel Nieve] and he’s a good mate, it’s a shame you know, but I had to go for the win.
 
“I knew there was a good chance [of going into yellow] but I didn’t know how everyone else was going to ride.
 
“Wearing the yellow jersey is a massive honour. I managed to do it last year and to do it two years in a row is really nice.
 
“We were expecting attacks and when they go, it’s never nice to see them going away but we had confidence in each other and rode really well.”
 
Tomorrow's stage 12  finishes up the iconic and legendary L'Alpe du Huez, whomever wins, will have a plaque errected on one of it's 21 hairpin bends.

VIDEO: 2018 Tour de France Stage 11 Highlights

2018 Tour de France Stage 11 Top 10

1 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 3:29:36 
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:00:20 
3 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky   
4 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:22 
5 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Mitchelton-Scott   
6 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:27 
7 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:57 
8 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:59 
9 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida   
10 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  

2018 Tour de France GC after Stage 11

1 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 44:06:16 
2 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:01:25 
3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:01:44 
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:02:14 
5 Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:23 
6 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:02:40 
7 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:56 
8 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:58 
9 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:16 
10 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates  

 
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