Tour de France: Geraint Thomas wins stage up Alpe d’Huez in Yellow Jersey

GERAINT THOMAS won a thrilling mountain stage of the Tour de France to strengthen his grip on the Yellow Jersey.

The Welshman clinched his second stage victory in a row at Alpe d'Huez with Chris Froome a few seconds behind.

 The Sky ace outsprinted team-mate Chris Froome on the day

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The Sky ace outsprinted team-mate Chris Froome on the day
 Thomas and Chris Froome did battle with their major rivals up the fan-packed Alpe d'Huez

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Thomas and Chris Froome did battle with their major rivals up the fan-packed Alpe d'Huez

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The Sky ace outsprinted team-mate Chris Froome, as well as rivals Tom Dumoulin, Romain Bardet and Mikel Landa.

Thomas increased his gap over Froome on general classification to 1min 39sec, with Dumoulin still third chipping a few seconds off Froome.

Thomas said: "Honestly I’m speechless. I don’t know what to say.

"There's no chance in hell I thought I was going to win today. I was just following Dumoulin and Bardet attacking.

 Thomas increased his gap over Froome on general classification to 1min 39sec

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Thomas increased his gap over Froome on general classification to 1min 39sec
 Welshman clinched his second stage victory in a row at Alpe d'Huez

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Welshman clinched his second stage victory in a row at Alpe d'Huez
 Geraint Thomas won his second stage in a row as he consolidated his lead in the Yellow Jersey

Geraint Thomas won his second stage in a row as he consolidated his lead in the Yellow Jersey
 Geraint Thomas clung onto the Yellow Jersey after today's stage win

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Geraint Thomas clung onto the Yellow Jersey after today's stage win

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"There was a bit of bad luck for Nibali, I nearly rode over his back wheel. It’s just unbelievable.

"Can we just go to Paris now?

"I did say yesterday this rtace is made for me, after today that’s it, I can be happy for sure now.

"Maybe [I can keep the Yellow Jersey] the next few days. You never know how the body reacts and I’m still riding for Froomie, he’s still the man.

"The term legend gets used a lot but he’s probably the best ever.

"I’m just going to enjoy this. I just can’t believe it – Alpe d’Huez man!"

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GERAINT THOMAS won a thrilling mountain stage of the Tour de France to strengthen his grip on the Yellow Jersey.