Froome ready to support Team Sky colleague Thomas

Marcus Newton
July 24, 2018

Team Sky with Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Britain's Chris Froome, to his right, sets the pace for the pack during the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 181.5 kilometers (112.8 miles) with start in Millau and finish in Carcassonne, France, France, Sunday July 22, 2018.

"Froome has the experience and is the proven one out of the two", he added.

"There were even people who would be so paranoid, they would take their own bike up to their hotel rooms with them for fear their team-mate's mechanics would tamper with them the night before a deciding stage".

"It's interesting. We raced in Italy and Chris's case was open when we were at the Tour of Italy and the Italians were fantastic, to be fair to them".

Nonetheless, last week Froome and other Team Sky riders were targeted by a flare, while the four-time champion was reportedly spat at and pushed by road-side spectators. It seems to be a French cultural thing, ' he said.

Recovery was the only aim for the leading contenders in the general classification, as Thomas, Froome and Dutchman Tom Dumoulin all conserved energy with tougher stages ahead.

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"The riders on the Tour, and champions of the Tour, must be respected, as they are by the large majority of the public".

Speaking at Team Sky's rest-day press conference in Carcassonne on Monday, Brailsford, clearly with no intention to try and diffuse the situation, blamed the home nation for the behaviour. "But I ended up more or less OK".

Stuyven appeared to be on his way to taking the stage win after making the first break for the line, but he was reeled in by Fraile and Alaphilippe, the former showing his class to cross the line first.

"If you don't want them to come, you can maybe have the Tour de France for French teams - that might work - but if you want worldwide teams to come then maybe treat them with the same respect that you'd want for your team". To be spat at... personally, I'd have a bit of an issue if that was going on in my country. Maybe if one of them has an off day, you never know.

Alaphilippe, who was already gaining ground on Yates, quickly passed the British rider and had time to celebrate before the finish, smiling at the crowd and shaking his head in disbelief.

"You can't get carried away at the start because the last climb is one of the hardest of the Tour".

Thomas, Froome and Dumoulin all reacted to Roglic's move inside the final five kilometers, but it was too much for Bardet and Nairo Quintana who lost more time in the GC fight.

Thomas was Sky's back-up plan, and his victory in the Criterium du Dauphine suggested he was a strong one. "There's definitely going to be some splits".

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