Geraint Thomas 'wasn't keen' to go to maximum effort in tough Tour de France stage three finale

The Welshman said he wasn't looking to go deep and follow attacks on the short steep climbs of the stage

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Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) "wasn't keen" to go 100 per cent in the Tour de France stage three to Épernay, where he lost five seconds to his team-mate Egan Bernal.

Bernal and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) made a front split at 26 seconds back from race winner Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and five seconds ahead of the other classification riders including Thomas.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.