Sunday 19 January 2020

Thomas takes tumble in heat

Australia's Caleb Ewan
Australia's Caleb Ewan

Australia's Caleb Ewan claimed his second victory in this year's Tour de France when he prevailed in a bunch sprint at the end of a crash-hit 16th stage yesterday.

The Lotto Soudal rider beat Italian Elia Viviani and Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen, who took second and third place, respectively at the end of a 177km ride around Nimes as temperatures reached 40 degrees Celsius.

Defending champion Geraint Thomas took yet another tumble but escaped unhurt to stay 1:35 behind the overall leader, Julian Alaphilippe of France.

Thomas was paced back into the bunch by team mates, with Dylan van Baarle receiving a warning for making a u-turn to return to his team leader.

Ewan, competing in his first Tour de France, is now the only sprint specialist with two wins this year, having already prevailed on the 11th stage in Toulouse last Wednesday.

Dan Martin finished in the leading pack, unable to make any inroads on the 11 minute 39 second gap to the yellow jersey, but he did move up two places to 13th in the GC.

Team Sunweb's Nicolas Roche rises one place to 36th.

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