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Tour de France Stage 11: Geraint Thomas wins stage and rides into yellow

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.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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