Cort Nielsen takes win, Geraint Thomas in yellow ahead of rest day

Tour de France 2018 - Peter Sagan wins Stage 13 as Geraint Thomas keeps lead

"If you don't want worldwide teams to come, you can have a Tour de France for French teams".

It came a day after Britain's Mark Cavendish, Australian Mark Renshaw and Katusha star Marcel Kittel were all eliminated after failing to make the time cut at the end of Wednesday's 11th stage.

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

"It's not up to us to be attacking".

"I would like to offer my honest apologies to both Elie Gesbert and Team Fortuneo Samsic for this unacceptable incident". He was accused of using racial slurs against Kévin Reza past year and was sent him on a diversity awareness course at the time.

Moscon was also disqualified from last year's world championship road race after hanging on to a team auto.

Sky's dominance of the Tour has been reminiscent of disgraced American Lance Armstrong's US Postal team in the early 2000s and the French crowd has booed and jeered their riders this year.

Sky's victory bid was potentially dented when the team lost Italian rider Gianni Moscon on Sunday after he was thrown off the race for striking Frenchman Elie Gesbert of the Fortuneo team.

Intentions seemed clear on Belgium's national holiday after seven Belgians got in among a group of 32 frontrunners including Philippe Gilbert and yellow jersey holder Greg Van Avermaet.

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She says there's not much that can be done. "I couldn't hear screams, it felt like I was out there on my own", Coleman said. Among its popular attractions are the duck boats; Ride the Ducks has been in Branson for more than four decades.

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Glenn's wife, Tia Coleman, and Angela's older son, whose name has not been released, survived the accident, Coleman Douglas said. Duck boats are amphibious vessels that travel on both land and water, and are popular among tourists in major cities.

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The 25-year-old has, however, struggled to find consistency for United and his displays were criticised by manager, Jose Mourinho .

It was a placid ride for Thomas before the decisive final week.

Thomas kept his advantage of 1 minute, 39 seconds over teammate and defending champion Froome before the race's second rest day on Monday.

But the former Olympic team pursuit champion has more than the Pyrenees mountains standing in his way over the final 7 stages of the race.

"There are three big, big days left, and then the time trial, so (I) just take each day as it comes and we will see what happens", Thomas said.

Large breaks would form quickly, only for Team Sky - protecting the interests of race leaders Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome - to quickly chase them down and bring them back into the fold.

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin and Slovenian Primoz Roglic are third and fourth overall, 1:50 and 2:38 off the pace, respectively, with France's Romain Bardet and Spain's Mikel Landa further down but still a threat.

"Winning a Tour de France stage is the best for a professional rider", said Fraile, who already had a Giro d'Italia stage win to his name.

Tour organizers had informed Froome that he wasn't welcome at this year's race until the International Cycling Union announced five days before the event started that Froome's result did not represent an adverse finding. "It's a massive honor just to be wearing (the yellow jersey), but like I have said from the very start, who knows what lies just around the corner?"

Geraint Thomas in the yellow jersey, second-placed Chris Froome, and the rest of the overall contenders were in a pack more than 10 minutes behind. He finished the hilly 181.5-kilometre (112.7-mile) leg from Millau that ended in a long descent to Carcassonne in 4 hours, 25 minutes. 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).

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