Froome abdicates Tour crown to Sky teammate Thomas

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Team Sky's Thomas and Froome were seen wiping their eyes while world champion Peter Sagan used his water bottles to wash his eyes.

Froome's Sky teammate Geraint Thomas kept hold of the yellow jersey, one minute and 59 seconds ahead of second-placed Tom Dumoulin.

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Asked if he had any injuries, Yates added: "Just bad morale - when you come so close to winning a stage, not just for me but for the team, we've been working for a while to win one of these stages". I'm always open to new experiences but pepper spray in a race?

A police officer pepper sprays a protester as another protester stands in front of the race director's auto during stage 16 of the Tour de France, a 218-kilometer ride from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon.

Froome's failure to stay with Thomas in the final few kilometres of the 16 km climb to the finish of the Col du Portet amid a series of attacks by rivals means the Kenyan-born Briton is in danger of finishing off the podium. The riders started on a motorsport-style grid as the organisers hoped to disrupt the organisation of the leading teams. I've won the last three Grand Tours I've done now.

SAINT-LARY-SOULAN- COL DU PORTET FRANCE- JULY 25 Arrival  Chris Froome of Great Britain and Team Sky  during the 105th Tour de France 2018 Stage 17 a 67km stage from Bagneres-de Luchon to Saint-Lary-Soulan- Col du Portet 2215m  TDF  on July 25

Colombia's Nairo Quintana produced an inspired ride to win Stage 17 of the Tour, outlasting Ireland's Dan Martin on the brutal Col de Portet finish, a first ever trip over the newly laid road for the race.

Dumoulin has another chance to take time on Thomas, stage 19 over the Tourmalet and Aubisque that descends to finish in Laruns. "It gave me confidence, because if Froomey is suffering then everyone is suffering and I was feeling good", the 32-year-old Welshmansaid. They must be respected, they take enough risks for their job.

"My intention was never to criticise, just to draw some attention to the fact that I was getting pretty anxious about our guys", Brailsford added. "I think that's the main reason for our success so far at this Tour".

The climber from Boyaca proved to be too strong for his competitors during the 65-kilometer mountain stage of which 42 were uphill. No, but the first attack of Roglic, I saw that Froome was in difficulty, but I didn't know if it was a bluff or not.

But Froome's bid to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain on the five-time winners list may have to wait another year.

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