Geraint Thomas pulls clear of Tour de France podium chasers

Geraint Thomas on stage 16 of the 2022 Tour de France
Geraint Thomas on stage 16 of the 2022 Tour de France (Image credit: THOMAS SAMSON AFP via Getty Images)

While the first Pyrenean day of the Tour de France brought some GC ructions, including Romain Bardet shedding minutes in the battle for the podium, the top three places in the general classification stood firm. Tadej Pogačar's long-range attacks from the Port de Lers didn't come off, while Jonas Vingegaard remained comfortable both there and on the Mur de Péguère. 

Ineos Grenadiers leader Geraint Thomas showed some weakness, losing contact on the steep slopes at the top of the Péguère, but with the help of his teammates, including a now-recovered Dani Martínez, Thomas rejoined the yellow jersey and is still third overall heading to the stage 17 summit finish at Peyragudes, 2:43 down on Vingegaard.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.