A fantastic team performance in stage 10’s crosswinds moved Thomas up to second overall, with teammate Egan Bernal now third and leading the best young rider classification.
And while the 2018 Tour de France winner was delighted to have made significant gains on a number of his general classification rivals, the Welshman still trails race leader Julian Alaphilippe by 1’12” ahead of the race re-commencing on Wednesday in Albi, and reckons the next week of racing will be crucial.
He said: “We feel we’re in a strong position, a combination of everything coming together has helped us get to this point at the first rest day. We’ve made a great start, but we’re fully aware that there’s still plenty of racing left.
“To have gained time on our GC contenders is massive and a really good bonus - but now the really tough stages start. It’s been a great 10 days. It would be better if we were a couple of seconds behind Alaphilippe, but we’re pleased with how we’ve fared so far.
“We’ll know a lot more about Alaphilippe after the second rest day, but he’s rode a great race so far. We’ll see how he goes, it’s an unknown for him as well, so it’ll be an interesting second week.”