Man jumps bike over Tour de France riders

Kittel and Renshaw both finished just under 45 minutes behind stage victor Geraint Thomas of Team Sky but still failed to make the cut.

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas wins the 11th stage of the Tour de France on 18 July 2018.

Chris Froome was pushed by a member of the crowd during a climb at stage 12 of the Tour de France, in the latest of his unsavoury encounters with cycling fans.

But he was reeled in before Thomas confirmed he is a serious contender.

Former Sky teammate Mikel Nieve led the stage for much of the race but Thomas chose to close the Spaniard down, a decision he justified by powering over the line in first place 1,855 metres up into the mountains.

Starting the day more than two minutes behind yellow jersey incumbent Greg Van Avermaet, Thomas closed the gap and attacked in the last few kilometres to cross the line after three-and-a-half hours.

Thomas took the lead of the race on Wednesday with an impressive victory atop La Rosiere on what was the second day in the Alps. When Froome accelerated, I followed him, and I felt good, too, but then there was this slowing down, and I went down.

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"Obviously it's not nice (the boos) but everyone is entitled to their opinion, but we need to be safe", Thomas said.

"Even as I crossed the line, it was, 'Surely there is someone still up the road, '" he said.

Sky started this Tour de France featuring Froome as the leader, with Thomas given wildcard status after years of putting in loyal domestique work. As long as we're not racing against each other, that's the main thing. If I'm struggling, I'm not going to expect him to wait for him.

"It's just mental. I just can't believe I won the stage".

In the jousting that preceded the final sprint to the summit, Dumoulin noted that Froome attacked while Thomas stayed on Dumoulin's wheel.

Thomas now leads a Team Sky one-two in the overall standings, 85 seconds ahead of four-time Tour victor Chris Froome, as the three-week Grand Tour passed the halfway mark. He knows how to ride for three weeks.

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