Cort Nielsen takes win, Thomas in yellow ahead of rest day

Tour de France 2018 - Peter Sagan wins Stage 13 as Geraint Thomas keeps lead

Sir Dave Brailsford, Team Sky principle, has refused to rule out the termination Gianni Moscon's contract after the Italian was sent home from the Tour de France for improper conduct on Sunday.

A breakaway group of 29 riders - none of whom posed a threat to Thomas's overall lead - got away early.

Will Chris Froome attack Geraint Thomas, or will the defending champion support the current yellow jersey holder?

"I'm sure there would have been a word or two about that".

While the Welshman Thomas is attempting to win the Tour for the first time, the Kenyan-born Froome is aiming for a record-tying fifth victory in cycling's biggest race.

Sky may be dominating with Thomas and Froome 1-2 in the overall standings, but Thomas has been booed off the podium, Froome has been spat at and, on the climb to Alpe d'Huez last week, the Kenyan-born Briton was slapped heavily on the back by one fan. Dumoulin, the time trial world champion and last year's Giro d'Italia victor, is third, 1:50 behind, and Roglic is fourth, 2:38 back.

He held a 1min 40sec lead on a group of chasers with 10km to race, with the main peloton and Thomas at over 20 minutes in arrears. "You don't know if he is really suffering or just pacing himself".

The promising Dane, making his Tour debut this year, was part of a group of chasers that caught Rafal Majka with over 14 kilometres to go in the 181.5km route from Millau. It's just a bit of an unknown for me to race over three weeks. "I knew that I still had another gear".

Fraile had time to celebrate before crossing the line, finishing six seconds ahead of Julian Alaphilippe, the Frenchman wearing the polka-dot jersey awarded to the Tour's best climber. Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands, Sunweb) - 1,50 4.

It was the first career victory at the Tour for Fraile, who rides for the Astana team. That is the question on everyone's lips as the Tour de France heads into its final week. The Basque rider also won the mountains classification in the Spanish Vuelta in 2015 and 2016.

Thomas and Froome will now enjoy Monday's rest day before the intriguing intra-team battle for yellow resumes on Tuesday, with three tough days in the Pyrenees having the potential to be decisive.

That break will precede a stretch in the Pyrenees that will feature three mountain stages before an individual time trial on the Tour's penultimate day.

"We accept it and we have to make a decision about how to behave - we're trying to remain dignified, we're trying not to react and we're trying not to get distracted by it", he said.

Moscon, a one-day race specialist who is on the Tour as a domestique, was also accused of sending another rider crashing past year before being cleared of wrongdoing by the International Cycling Union (UCI).

A sea of fans lined both sides of the road up the Cote de la Croix Neuve, and the crowd was disappointed when French contender Romain Bardet couldn't keep up with the leaders.

Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, signs the start flag prior to stage 15.

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