Mountain bike rider leaps peleton at Tour de France

Doug Mendoza
July 19, 2018

With BMC's Greg Van Avermaet, who defended the yellow jersey in such style on stage 10, struggling off the back of the peloton on the Col du Pre - the second of the day's two uncategorised climbs - the race for yellow was on and it was Movistar's Alejandro Valverde who blinked first with a long-range attack.

Stage victor Britain's Geraint Thomas and new overall leader celebrates on the podium after the eleventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 108.5 kilometers (67.4 miles) with start in Albertville and finish in La Rosiere Espace San Bernardo, France. "When they go, it is never nice to see them all riding away but we had confidence in each other and we rode really well".

Geraint Thomas, stage 11 victor and the Tour de France's new race leader, says that he not just toeing some PR line from Team Sky - Chris Froome remains his leader in the 2018 Tour.

In 2013, French freeride mountain biker Romain Marandet jumped over a group including eventual victor Chris Froome of Team Sky during the 100th edition of the race.

The 12th stage at the Tour de France, the 175.5km run from Bourg-St-Maurice Les Arcs to Alpe d'Huez gets under way at 11.10am (BST) and is scheduled to reach KMO at 11.25am.

Thomas now leads from Froome by nearly a minute and a half, with the Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin in third place.

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"I knew there was a good chance".

Froome is 59 seconds further back and 2014 champion Vincenzo Nibali trails the Briton by six seconds.

It was the first career stage win for 26-year-old Alaphilippe.

"If Geraint stays where he is and takes the yellow jersey they've got a real problem on their hands". And previous year at the Tour of Poland, Red Bull-sponsored rider Szymon Godziek did a backflip over the peloton at the Tour de Pologne.

Thomas attacked with a little more than 5.5 kilometres left of what was a pulsating 108.5 kilometre stage from Albertville to La Rosiere, which included four categorised climbs, the first two of those classified as Hors-Categorie.

Thomas then attacked again, blasting past yellow jersey contender Tom Dumoulin and then Mikel Nieve to win the stage and deliver a huge statement.

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