How Team Sky’s Tour de France leadership strategy may backfire

Comment: Geraint Thomas may have become the first Briton to win on Alpe d’Huez with a stunning sprint to the line, but by not taking more time out of Tom Dumoulin has he exposed a crack in Sky’s tactics ?

Geraint Thomas sprints towards victory on Alpe d'Huez on stage 11 of the Tour de France 2018 (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

With two riders sitting in first and second place on general classification, it’s looking good for Team Sky. It’s looking quite dominant too. Hence all the booing from the French fans. But their decision to keep Chris Froome as their leader is a risky one because of Dutchman Tom Dumoulin who sits in third place.

While Geraint Thomas has a nice lead coming out of the Alps, it’s by no means a winning lead. The team’s decision to keep him riding in the service of Chris Froome instead of gaining time for himself may come back to bite them.

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