Sagan victorious in Valence to add to Tour tally

Paola Ditto
Luglio 21, 2018

LottoNL-Jumbo's Primoz Roglic is fourth, two minutes and 46 seconds down, after Bahrain-Merida's Vincenzo Nibali was forced to withdraw having crashed on Thursday's stage to Alpe d'Huez.

Speaking before the start of Friday's stage, Froome called for riders to get more protection.

"The riders of the Tour, the champions of this race, need to be respected".

He was booed again at the start of the 13th stage, although there were cheers for Thomas when they went to the podium to sign the start sheet.

"I was pushed a few times but thankfully I stayed on my bike and didn't get knocked off".

The Tour de France threatened to descend into chaos as the riders ascended the Alps during Thursday's Stage 12, with fans crowding the course and lighting flares, the smoke clouding the riders' view.

"(Appealing for calm) is a step in the right direction but I think there are more measures that can be taken, for sure".

However, the Welshman did, for a third straight day, hear boos as he collected his yellow jersey. I don't know. We just train hard, work hard and come here to try to win the race.

Peter Sagan has won his third stage of the race, while Thomas kept the overall lead over Sky teammate Chris Froome.

"I think I left it a little bit late and I was a little bit behind in the final 600 metres", Sagan said. "I'm so happy to have won, it was something very good for me, personally".

The flare was the only thing that came close to upsetting a relatively quiet day for Thomas after the drama of his back-to-back mountain stage wins which thrust him into yellow.

Slongo said Nibali will rest for 15 days and look to return for the Spanish Vuelta in August.

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), Tom Scully (EF Education First), Michael Schar (BMC) and Dimitri Claeys (Cofidis) formed the break of the stage after 29km of racing but were never given much wriggle room to go much beyond two minutes on the watchful peloton led by Groupama-FDJ and UAE Team Emirates.

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