Stage 14 noticed Omar Fraile break from a pack of 32 riders to safe the stage victory, however the true motion got here 20 minutes later as the final classification contenders got here house.
The peloton allowed the breakaway to have their second within the highlight on the route from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Mende, and Fraile took full benefit, topping Julian Alaphilippe and Jasper Stuyven to assert his first Tour de France success.
Consideration instantly turned to the yellow jersey group, and the main riders maintained their management, aided by a break from Primoz Roglic that broke Romain Bardet.
Thomas, Froome and Dumoulin all reacted to Roglic’s transfer inside the ultimate 5 kilometers, however it was an excessive amount of for Bardet and Nairo Quintana who misplaced extra time within the GC battle.
The highest three couldn’t be separated and got here house collectively after 5 hours within the saddle, guaranteeing Thomas held onto his lead of 1 minute, 39 seconds over Froome.
Solely fourth-placed Roglic stays inside three minutes of the chief, although, as an intriguing battle appears set to go all the way in which to Paris.
The Pyrénees are coming, and @GeraintThomas86 nonetheless clings on to his Maillot Jaune!
Les Pyrénées arrivent, et @GeraintThomas86 s’accroche dur comme fer à son Maillot Jaune ! #TDF2018 pic.twitter.com/xAeAJ6A7yG
— Le Tour de France (@LeTour) July 21, 2018
OMAR’S NOT SO FRAIL
It was a day to recollect for Fraile as he produced a surprising end to assert a memorable stage win and provides Astana its first success of this 12 months’s race.
Stuyven gave the impression to be on his approach to taking the stage win after making the primary break for the road, however he was reeled in by Fraile and Alaphilippe, the previous exhibiting his class to cross the road first.
Factors chief Peter Sagan strengthened his grip on the classification with a fourth-placed end, Alaphilippe having handed Stuyven for second within the ultimate meters.
“You may say it was too early, however there have been some massive guys behind. I performed my card, went all in and misplaced,” mentioned a rueful Stuyven.
— Astana Professional Workforce (@AstanaTeam) July 21, 2018
STAGE 14 RESULT
1. Omar Fraile (Astana) 04:41.57
2. Julian Alaphilippe (Fast-Step Flooring) +zero.06
three. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) +zero.06
four. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) +zero.12
5. Damiano Caruso (BMC Racing) +zero.17
1. Geraint Thomas (Workforce Sky) 58:10.44
2. Chris Froome (Workforce Sky) +1.39
three. Tom Dumoulin (Workforce Sunweb) +1.50
1. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) 437
2. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Workforce Emirates) 170
three. Arnaud Demare (FDJ) 133
King of the Mountains
1. Julian Alaphilippe (Fast-Step Flooring) 90
2. Warren Barguil (Workforce Fortuneo-Samsic) 70
three. Serge Pauwels (Workforce Dimension Knowledge) 63
UP NEXT …
Because the Pyrenees come into sight, there may be nonetheless yet one more day within the Massif Central to barter on Sunday. The 112.Eight-mile route from Millau to Carcassonne consists of three class climbs that might present GC alternatives forward of the second relaxation day on Monday.