Thomas extends his Tour lead, Martin up to eighth

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He now only needs to make sure Dumoulin, or third-placed Roglic (2:24) don't upset his plans to become Wales' first Tour champion by overcoming their respective deficits during a "really tough" time trial over 31 km on Saturday's penultimate stage.

Primoz Roglic of Slovenia won the 200.5 kilometre 19th stage through the Pyrenees with an attack on the risky descent from the Col d'Aubisque.

Demare, who failed to make the cut on a climb in the Alps past year, had time to celebrate as he crossed the line with his arms wide open ahead of fellow Frenchman Christophe Laporte.

"I have been saying it every day, day by day, and that is how I have been approaching it, staying in my little bubble", Thomas said.

"Time trial tomorrow but I think we're in a brilliant position with G with the yellow jersey".

Among them was polka dot jersey wearer Julian Alaphilippe, Adam Yates and Damien Gaudin, who won the day's intermediate sprint, but contained none of Thomas's general classification rivals. "It didn't feel like a grab, but like a hit", Thomas said prior to the start of Stage 18 from Trie-sur-Baise to Pau on Thursday.

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But Thomas added: "The team here is super strong, just look at the individuals we have. guys who are very strong in the (one-day) classics, climbers like Egan Bernal, who is the brightest climbing talent in a long time". "But obviously having Froomey at my disposal, so to speak, is just phenomenal".

"He must have made a mistake on one of the corners". There's nothing I can say to prove it.

Thomas increased his lead after the final mountain stage on Friday, while Sky teammate and four-time champion Chris Froome lost his spot on the podium. "It's not nice. It's not what you want".

Elia Viviani (QuickStep Floors) leads the way, while Caleb Ewan (Mitchelton-Scott) will have a point to prove after his surprise omission from his team's Tour squad. "But if I see an opportunity, I will take it for sure", Dumoulin said. "It will stand the test of time, I guess". "We will see if it's possible".

Thomas was quick to underline his clean approach to success.

Otherwise, it was a very calm stage except for a minor crash involving Stage 17 victor Nairo Quintana and British rider Adam Yates midway through the route. The sprinters' teams never let them get much more than two minutes ahead, and they were caught with 16.5 kilometers to go. Both riders got back on their bikes and continued without apparent problems.

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