Nibali withdraws from Tour de France with back fracture

Peter Sagan claimed his third stage win of this years Tour de France

Valence: World champion Peter Sagan claimed his third win of this year's Tour de France when he prevailed in the 13th stage, a 169.5-kilometre ride from Bourg d'Oisans on Friday.

There were a number of world-class riders in the break, among it, Fraile, Alaphilippe, Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing).

Cycling - Tour de France - The 182.5-km Stage 2 from Mouilleron-Saint-Germain to La Roche-sur-Yon - July 8, 2018 - Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme.

Norwegian Alexander Kristoff (UAE), who finished a close second, has 170 points while Frenchman Arnaud Demare, of Groupama, has 133.

Team Sky Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, said in a statement released by the team: "We support and accept the decision by the race organisers to exclude Gianni Moscon from the Tour de France".

However, four-time Tour victor Froome said he felt more could be done. "It'd be nice to just finish the stage, have a shower, have your feet up, and have your recovery food straight away", Thomas said.

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford may have key decisions to make in the coming 7 stages, when Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, 3rd at 1:50, will be looking for key allies in the Pyrenees mountains to help him dent Sky's hopes of a 6th victory from the past 7 editions. Julian Alaphilippe (Quickstep) was second on the day with Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) finishing third.

Thomas said he had not seen the flare.




Jonathan Vaughters, the manager of the Education First team of last year's Tour de France runner-up, Rigoberto Urán, has voiced his concerns at the threats being directed towards Froome.

"Afterwards you can always say it was too early, this and that, but it was a big group with some strong climbers, and I had to go before and not wait until they ripped it apart", said Stuyven.

Elsewhere, former champion Vincenzo Nibali has pulled out of the Tour with a fractured vertebra after crashing near the end of the stage.

Team Sky's Froome was struck by at least one spectator a little under seven kilometres from the summit of the famous climb and seemed to be spat at shortly after, on his way to a fourth-placed finish as team-mate Geraint Thomas took victory.

A dig by Froome, with Thomas on his wheel, then distanced Quintana - Dumoulin just hanging on as the top three on the GC chased down Roglic.

"We'll handle this as a team", said Thomas, who knows that Dumoulin, even if he appears to be struggling in some climbs, is a tough nut to crack.

"There was also a headwind, so once we got on the foot of the climb I made a decision to go for it".

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