Tour de France: Geraint Thomas up to second as Julian Alaphilippe splits peloton

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Britain’s defending champion Geraint Thomas moved up to second in the Tour de France after a dramatic conclusion to stage 10.

Along with overall race leader Julian Alaphilippe, Thomas benefited from a late split in the peloton that caught many race rivals by surprise.

The 33-year-old had started out from Saint-Flour to Albi – the final stage before the first rest day – in fifth.

Belgian Wout van Aert edged out Elia Viviani in a thrilling sprint finish.

Speaking to ITV 4, Thomas, who is hoping to be the first rider since Miguel Indurain in 1992 to successfully defend his title as a first-time Tour winner, said: “I had a really good day in the end.