- Thomas passes Alaphilippe on brutal summit finish of stage six
- ‘I don’t listen to tips. I felt pretty good’ says 2018 champion
Geraint Thomas reversed the narrative in the Tour de France, leading home the main contenders with a resurgent performance in the first summit finish of the 2019 race on the gravel road to La Planche des Belles Filles in the Vosges mountains. It was a show of strength that suggested the defence of the Welshman’s Tour title is very much alive.
After overhauling a late attack from Julian Alaphilippe, the defending champion took back the time he had lost in Monday’s finish in Epernay and leapfrogged his Colombian team mate Egan Bernal in the overall standings by nine seconds to reassert himself in the Team Ineos hierarchy.