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"The main thing is we win there and we don't end up racing against each other and Dumoulin wins".

He's really disappointed. He's let himself down, he's let his team down and now he's gone home.

"We will address this incident with Gianni once the Tour is complete and decide then if any further action should be taken", Brailsford said in a written statement.

"I would like to offer my honest apologies to both Elie Gesbert and Team Fortuneo Samsic for this unacceptable incident".

Moscon was past year accused of deliberately causing Sebastien Reichenbach (FDJ) to crash during the Tre Valli Varesine, but the UCI disciplinary committee dropped the case in June citing a lack of evidence.

Race commissaries booted the Italian off the race shorty after the stage and Team Sky were accepting of the punishment.

A breakaway group of 29 riders - none of whom posed a threat to Thomas's overall lead - got away early.

Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, signs the start flag prior to stage 15.

However, the 2018 Tour has been marred by spectators spitting at Froome, and Thomas has been booed while on the podium. This will be followed by the individual time trial on the penultimate day of the race.

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"Anything can happen. Three big days in the Pyrenees to come plus a hard time trial".

That is why Froome - theoretically still the team leader - was asked this morning whether he would still expect Thomas to drop back down the road to help him should he suffer a bad day. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands, Sunweb) - 1,50 4. Dumoulin, the time trial world champion and last year's Giro d'Italia victor, is third, 1:50 behind, and Roglic is fourth, 2:38 back.

So far, Thomas and Froome have not attacked each other, but that uneasy truce could be put to the test as the race enters its decisive phase.

The win is Cort's third in a Grand Tour after winning two on his first appearance at the Vuelta a Espana in 2016. "It's a massive honour just to be wearing (the yellow jersey), but like I have said from the very start, who knows what lies just around the corner?"

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and reigning champion Chris Froome are in first and second place as the race heads into the Pyrenees for three consecutive mountain stages, starting on Tuesday.

The Astana rider claimed his first career win at the Tour after staying ahead of Ion Izagirre and Bauke Mollema in a sprint over the final 200 metres. The attacks came thick and fast, including attempts from the likes of Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors), Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Thomas de Gendt (Lotto-Soudal).

Following those victories, Thomas - whose previous highest Tour finish is 15th - said "everything else is a bonus".

But while Team Sky could celebrate, Team Dimension Data did not get the Mandela Day gift they were hoping for as Mark Cavendish was eliminated from the Tour for missing the time cut.


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