Groenewegen takes Tour stage, Porte gains

Tanya Simon
July 17, 2018

However, both Gaviria and Greipel were later disqualified.

Bradley Wiggins has warned Team Sky will have a "real problem" if Geraint Thomas takes the leader's yellow jersey in the Tour de France ahead of defending champion Chris Froome.

"The last two days have been very good with two wins".

“I talked to everyone, ” Sagan said when asked how he passed the time after finishing third in the mass sprint which, with its uphill finish, suited him.

The Dutchman needed no help from his team mates in the final straight as he slalomed through his rivals to beat German Andre Greipel by nearly a bike length after 181km from Dreux on Saturday, with Colombian Fernando Gaviria crossing the line third.

Slovakia's Peter Sagan was promoted to second, and German John Degenkolb to third.

"I'm happy to keep the jersey".

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"Obviously I'm devastated", said Porte.

BMC's Greg Van Avermaet doubled his advantage in yellow to six seconds by winning the bonus sprint. Today the legs were good and everything was OK, ” said Groenewegen, who rides for Team Lotto NL-Jumbo. That increased his lead over Froome's teammate Geraint Thomas in second to 7 seconds and his own BMC teammate and Tacoma native Tejay Van Garderen to 9 seconds.

The mostly flat 181-kilometer (112-mile) ride from Dreux to Amiens comes before the three-week race faces one of its most hard legs when it hits the tricky and occasionally treacherous cobblestones.

In tears, the 33-year-old - who started the day tenth overall - was taken to the side of the road and forced to quit the race on the ninth stage, just as he had done last year.

The riders now face a long transfer to Annecy, but have Monday's rest day to recover before the race moves into the Alps and the battle for overall victory hots up.

Martin of UAE Team Emirates lost around a minute to his title rivals.

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