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Tour de France is Geraint Thomas’s to lose, according to Bradley Wiggins

Dan Alexander
23 Jul 2018

Ex-Team Sky rider believes Geraint Thomas is the firm favourite going into the third week of the Tour de France

Speaking on Eurosport’s 'The Bradley Wiggins Show', the man himself asserted that for Team Sky it’s a 'safe bet to put all your eggs in the basket of Geraint Thomas' during the remainder of the Tour de France, and that the yellow jersey is ‘Thomas's to lose’.

Wiggins, who was himself involved in a leadership battle with Chris Froome at the 2012 Tour de France, which the former won, believes that both Thomas and Froome will be ‘professional’ and that ‘there’s a respect there between them’, which will prevent a repeat of Stage 11 at the 2012 edition.

Froome attacked his teammate, who was in yellow, before being told to wait by the Team Sky management. The incident contributed to an underlying tension and uncertainty within the team as the Tour unfolded.

Wiggins believes that a similar situation will be avoided owing largely to the respect that Thomas has earnt through his loyal service to Froome in past editions.

‘G’s ridden selflessly the last few years in the service of Chris, this is his opportunity and I think no one will deny him of it’.

Were Froome to win a fifth yellow jersey it would have to be the result of a bad day from Thomas or by distancing Tom Dumoulin.

The Dutchman sits third on GC just 11 seconds down on Froome and poses the greatest threat to the Sky duo.

With a 31 kilometre individual time trial on the penultimate stage, Froome’s slender advantage over Dumoulin may not be enough to withstand the world time trial champion’s abilities against the clock.

Wiggins did stress that despite Thomas’s strength, the race isn’t over until Paris especially considering Froome’s abilities in the third week of the Giro d’Italia where he claimed Stage 19 by three minutes, taking control of the Maglia Rosa in the process.

Speaking of Froome’s form peaking in the third week, Wiggins reasserted that ’10 days into the Giro everyone thought Chris was going to climb off and go home.

'A week later he’s three minutes up the road about to win the thing.'