ALBI, France – Defending champion Geraint Thomas gained time on a handful of his main rivals as crosswinds caused chaos in the peloton in the climax of Monday’s 10th stage of the Tour de France.
Thomas was on the right end of a bunch split 35 kilometres from the finish of the 217.5km ride from St Flour, with France’s Thibaut Pinot, Dane Jakob Fuglsang, Colombian Rigoberto Uran and Australian Richie Porte trapped behind.
They finished 1:39 off the pace.
Belgian Wout van Aert won the stage in a sprint finish with Thomas, his Ineos teammate Egan Bernal and Colombian Nairo Quintana in the main group, as well as Briton Adam Yates and Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk.
Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, whose Deceuninck-Quick Step team’s acceleration in the crosswinds caused the decisive split, retained the overall leader’s yellow jersey as he crossed the line at the same time as Van Aert.