Geraint Thomas: 'I could have attacked earlier but I didn't want to risk anything'

Thomas now leads the Tour de France by nearly two minutes after stage 17

Geraint Thomas accelerate towards the finish on stage 17 of the Tour de France

(Image credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Tour de France race leader Geraint Thomas, who finished third on the Col du Portet on stage 17, is not risking anything in his yellow jersey ride to Paris.

After covering the attacks of others, Team Sky's Welsh leader only launched an acceleration of his own in the final few hundred metres, grabbing bonus seconds ahead of rival Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and leaving behind others including star team-mate Chris Froome.

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