Tour de France: Peloton pauses for second rest day ahead of final week - Gallery

Team Sky, Quick-Step Floors and Sunweb training in Carcassonne

The 2018 Tour de France has paused for a second rest day on Monday in Carcassonne ahead of the third and final week before the three-week race concludes in Paris on Sunday.

It was a brutal second week at the Tour, that included three stages in the Alps followed by three transition stages through Massif Central, and so riders took the opportunity to spin out their legs on team training riders in the surrounding area. They were also obliged to attend team press conferences, and so as rest days typically go - there was very little resting.

The race continues on Tuesday with stage 16 and the final week heads into the Pyrenees, that include three mountain stages, and then a time trial. Thomas leads the overall classification after claiming victories on Stage 11 at La Rosiere and stage 12 on Alpe d'Huez. He is currently 1:39 ahead of his teammate and four-time winner Chris Froome, and 1:50 ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).

Click through the gallery above to view rest-day training ride images from teams Sky, Sunweb and Quick-Step Floors.

 

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