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2019 Tour de France stage 8 results: Thomas de Gendt comes first, Alilippe snatches back the yellow shirt

2019 Tour de France stage 8 results: Thomas de Gendt comes first, Alilippe snatches back the yellow shirt

Reigning champion Geraint Thomas spectacularly escapes, but has not improved the hope of defending the yellow jersey at the Tour de France.

The reigning Tour de France Geraint Thomas could really breathe a sigh of relief at the safe landing in round 8, after getting involved in a fall at the foot of the pass when the rails were slipping at high speed near Saint-Etienne.

In fact, Geraint Thomas fell to the asphalt after Canadian driver Michael Woods and his defending teammate Ineos, Gianni Moscon, fell in front of him. While the Italian driver's car crashed, Geraint Thomas quickly got up to grab the racing car.

"We are behind Woods and his team," recalled Geraint Thomas. "Unfortunately, he fell off the car right in front of us and made us contradict. I quickly returned to the team. " After that, Geraint Thomas accelerated at a distance of 193 km from the end of the Cote de la Jaillere. "The riders left me in the top of the climb, so I had to do my best to close the gap" - Geraint Thomas explains.

Geraint Thomas's Welshman teammate Egan Bernal is in the first group and only hears the crash through a telephone. "I just heard them say" crashing, crashing, "said Egan Bernal. "I'm ready if I have to wait for Geraint Thomas but they don't tell me to wait for him so I stay in the top. Today is one of the toughest races".

Geraint Thomas was unaffected by the car crash, but the challenge was raised by the two French riders Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot, who both advanced at the last moments when chasing Thomas de Gendt - the driver of the longest stage 230 this km.

Thanks to that, Julian Alaphilippe won the yellow shirt, and Thibaut Pinot closed the gap with Geraint Thomas for 19 seconds.

The 9th race predicts many difficulties due to the hot and undulating roads to Brioude.