Tom Dumoulin downplays prospects of unseating Thomas ahead of final mountain stage

Tom Dumoulin's situation as the Tour de France reaches its closing chapters was neatly summarised by a headline in De Telegraaf on Thursday: "Dumoulin hopes for Yates scenario." Sunweb's leader lies second overall, 1:59 behind Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), but with one mountain stage and a time trial to go, the Dutchman knows that his chances of winning the race depend on the yellow jersey suffering a late collapse on the final stage in the Pyrenees on Friday.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.