Tour de France: Geraint Thomas still believes in the overall victory
Last year's winner Geraint Thomas is confident that he will win the Tour de France again after a weekend in the Pyrénées. We are still in very good shape, we are not in yellow and we are not ahead all day, but there are several ways to win the Tour de France, we are in a super strong position, "said the Welshman at a press conference Teams Ineos on Monday in Nimes.
Thomas had both demolished in the climb on Tourmalet and in Foix Prat d'Albis. He lost about half a minute to the German Emanuel Buchmann and other top riders.
In the overall standings Thomas is still in second place behind the yellow carrier Julian Alaphilippe, co-captain Egan Bernal is on the second day of rest in fifth place. Team Principal Dave Brailsford said: "We are the only team with two riders for the overall standings, it is a very interesting situation." In the past few years Ineos predecessor Sky had always influenced the Tour de France. Six of the past seven Tour wins went to the team.
The first six riders of the classification are only slightly more than two minutes apart at the start of the last week of the tour. In addition to the leading Alaphilippe, his compatriot Thibaut Pinot and Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk are also given the best chance. And the sixth-placed Emanuel Buchmann still has opportunities, the German was in the Pyrenees in strong shape.