Nairo Quintana soloed to victory on stage 18 of the Tour de France in Valloire as Egan Bernal raced away from Ineos team-mate Geraint Thomas while they tried to shake off Julian Alaphilippe on the Galibier.
Geraint Thomas declared himself over the blip which cost him time in the Pyrenean mountains as he looked ahead to the decisive stages of the Tour de France and an expected battle for supremacy with home hopeful Thibaut Pinot.
Geraint Thomas may have spent the first rest day of the Tour de France 72 seconds off the yellow jersey, but he and Team Ineos believe things could not have gone much better for them in the first 10 days.
Chris Froome stands to retrospectively become Britain’s first Grand Tour winner and add a seventh title to his collection, all from his hospital bed in France where he is recovering from a horror crash which has ruled him out of the Tour de France.
Great Britain could not add to their tally of four medals on the final day of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Pruszkow, Poland but insisted there was no cause for alarm with less than 18 months to go to the Tokyo Olympics.
Tour de France organisers once again appear to have taken aim at Team Sky’s recent dominance by unveiling a 2019 route designed to provoke attacking racing before calling for power meters to be banned in competition.
Sir Bradley Wiggins has claimed he has found out facts relating to the leak of his therapeutic use exemptions and the so-called “Jiffy Bag” case which are “very sinister” and wants it all to come out into the open.