Tour de France: Chris Froome offers Geraint Thomas yellow jersey nod

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But it was boring.

"I hope I'm mistaken, but it's in the third week that we'll see some big time differences, even though the Alps are harder than the Pyrenees this year", he said.

World champion road racer Sagan said he'd been happy enough to stay on Gaviria's wheel and keep ahead in the green points jersey race.

After Dutch rider Dylan Groenewegen doubled up at the Tour de France with his second win in as many days, the Race organisers announced that Greipel and Gaviria, who originally finished third and fourth, had been relegated for irregular sprinting after clashing in the final hundred metres.

Four-time victor Chris Froome remained over a minute behind Van Avermaet, a support rider for BMC leading hope Richie Porte.

Froome is 14th, 1:05 behind Van Avermaet.

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Richie Porte was left "devastated" after fracturing his right collarbone during stage 9 of the 2018 Tour de France which saw him abandon the race for the second consecutive year. "I had no legs to beat the first two guys".

After crossing the line, Groenewegen placed his finger to his lips in a gesture of silence.

"Obviously I'm devastated", said Porte.

It is the second year in a row BMC Racing Team rider Porte has been forced to abandon the Tour.

"It was quite long - 230k". The real question though is which of Team Sky's leaders will prove to be the best option on final victory in Paris. Van Avermaet said. "But everyone kind of enjoyed it - the first day we could really relax".

After a few early attacks failed, Yoann Offredo launched a solo effort 35 kilometers in. Belgian Greg van Avermaet retained the overall leader's yellow jersey."My shape is getting better by the day, I'm proud that I won again today", said Groenewegen, who won the final stage on the Champs Elysees previous year. "I'm certainly not getting carried away".

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