Caleb Ewan sprinted to his second victory on the Tour de France on Tuesday as Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe kept the overall lead after stage 16, where Geraint Thomas fell but finished with all the main contenders.
As France experienced a heatwave defending champion Thomas mis-timed a curb and was left with a gash on his left leg after hitting the tarmac hard on the 177km run around the southern city of Nimes.
After his third fall during this Tour, Team Ineos’ sports director Nicolas Portal said Thomas felt fine.
Wednesday’s stage brings some reprieve early on, but the Alps are calling.
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Stage 16: Crash report
Thomas fell awkwardly but carried on. Jakob Fuglsang also crashed, he wasn’t so lucky – and abandoned the tour.
Tour de France 2019: Stage 17
Profile: A cheeky category three climb lurks at the back end.
This is where Thomas was expected to really graft, but he might be a bit battered after Tuesday. Nairo Quintana hasn’t looked near his feisty best so we can rule him out, too. We’ll keep the predictions at bay for this stage. Like we keep saying, it’s been that kind of tour.
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