Thomas rides to second in time trial

19 Jul 2019

Thomas rides to second in time trial

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Tour de France - Stage 13: Pau (individual time trial), 27.2km

Geraint Thomas put in a strong time trial performance at the Tour de France to finish second on stage 13.
 
The Welshman clocked a time of 35 minutes and 14 seconds in Pau, after a stage-long battle with the yellow jersey of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step). The gap between the pair sat at six seconds through the first two splits, with the Frenchman eventually extending his advantage out to 14 seconds at the line.
 
That result ensured the pair held station on the general classification, with Thomas now 1:26 back on yellow. 
 
Egan Bernal also put in a strong ride to remain firmly in the mix overall. The Colombian now sits fifth overall, 2:52 back, after clocking the 22nd best time on the day. Bernal narrowly slipped out of the white jersey, just eight seconds back on Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step).

Dylan van Baarle was the next quickest Team INEOS rider on the stage, with the team's riders opting not to go deep ahead of the climbing stages to come.
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- Geraint Thomas

“It wasn’t too bad it just felt like I was just overheating a bit so I was trying to deal with that. It’s not an excuse it’s the same for everyone. It was okay – just in that last bit I didn’t really feel it. 
 
“It was controlled, but in the last 8km or so I felt like when I really wanted to step on it I didn’t quite have that last five percent. It’s still a decent ride but you always pick it apart a bit.
 
“[Alaphilippe] is obviously going really well. He’s certainly the favourite and the one to watch at the minute. There’s a long way to go and a lot of hard stages to come now.”
What's Next?

The GC battle is set to intensify further on Saturday with a brutal mountain test. At just 117.5km the test should provide fireworks, with the Col du Soulour to be climbed before the hors-categorie summit finish on the Col du Tourmalet.
Stage 13 result:

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) 35:00
2. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) +14"
3. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) +36"
4. Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) s.t.
5. Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo) +45"
22. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +1:36"

Overall standings:

1. Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)
2. Geraint Thomas (Team INEOS) +1:26"
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma) +2:12"
4. Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +2:44"
5. Egan Bernal (Team INEOS) +2:52"

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