General classification blown apart on first mountain finish of this year's race as Team Sky seize control...

Geraint Thomas has won Stage 11 of the Tour de France and with it takes the yellow jersey on a day when Team Sky seized control of the race, with Chris Froome moving second overall and most of the other contenders for the overall win losing time on the first mountain summit finish of this year's race.

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.

The Welsh rider quickly bridged acorss to the second group on the road, which included Team Sunweb';s Tom Dumoulin, leaving only Mikel Nieve of Mitchelton-Scott ahead at the front of the race.

Inside the final kilometre, Thomas kicked again and swept past Nieve with a couple of hundred metres remaining to the line as the Spaniard faded.

Thomas's attack laid to rest any question of whether he would be riding for Chris Froome in this year's race, although the defending champion was clearly stronger than other overall hopefuls in the group including Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali, Romain Bardet of AG2R La Mondiale and Movistar's Nairo Quintana.

Froome himself would subsequently follow a move from UAE Team Emirates rider Dan Martin and finished third, crossing the line just behind Dumoulin, both riders 20 seconds behind Thomas.

The new race leader has an advantage of 1 minute 25 seconds over Froome, who moves to second overall, with Dumoulin a further 19 seconds back in third place.

More to follow.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.