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Tour de France Update: Thomas holds yellow jersey

Wed, Jul 25, 1:23pm by Staff Writer

The 105th Tour de France, one of cycling’s three Grand Tour began on 7 July and concludes this weekend with the 21st and final stage which will see cyclists through to the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Welshman Geraint Thomas holds the yellow leaders jersey for Team Sky, 99 seconds clear of Englishman and teammate Chris Froome.

Thomas is priced at $1.80 to hold the overall tour lead until the final stage at Sportsbet, with Froome a $2.25 chance, despite being a fair distance behind Thomas with only six stages remaining.

Thomas was victorious in back-to-back mountain climbs in stages 11 and 12, which saw him take the outright lead from Greg Van Avermaet.

Froome has outstanding pedigree in this race, winning it four times, including the last three editions of the Tour in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Dutchman Tom Dumoulin is nearly two minutes in arrears of Thomas and is $6.50 to win the Tour.

The 218km stage from Carcassonne to Bagnères-de-Luchon was won by Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, but was marred in controversy.

The stage was interrupted when police used tear gas to disperse a farmers’ protest that blocked the road with bales of hay.

The overall standings remained unchanged in what was one of the more chaotic scenes witnessed in recent memory.

The protest occurred 30km into the 218jm leg, with Thomas, Froome and world champion Peter Sagan among the riders treated with eye drops due to the tear gas during a 15-minute delay.

Sagan has held the green jersey in the points classification since the second stage and the Slovak is the undoubted winner of the green jersey, a feat he also achieved in 2012-2016.

In the team classification, Movistar Team have held the ascendency since stage 10, but not find themselves more than a minute in arrears of Bahrain-Merida.

Despite this, the Spanish team remains a $1.22 favourite to win the team classification at Sportsbet.

Bahrain-Merida are $2.70 outsiders, with Team Sky the next best at $41.

Pierre Latour is more than two minutes ahead of compatriot Guillaume Martin in the young rider classification after 16 rounds.

Latour is an $1.11 favourite, ahead of Egan Bernal of Colombia who is priced at $7, along with Martin.

Tour de France Sportsbet Markets

Outright Winner

Geriant Thomas $1.80

Chris Froome $2.25

Tom Dumoulin $6.50

Primoz Roglic $23

Romain Bardet $67

Mikel Landa $81

Team Classification

Movistar Team $1.12

Bahrain Merida $2.70

Team Sky $41

Astana Pro Team $67

Young Rider Classification

Pierre-Roger Latour $1.11

Egan Bernal $7

Guillaume Martin $7

David Gaudu $101

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