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Geraint Thomas extends Tour de France lead

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas increases his lead in the Tour de France after stage 17, finishing third as Nairo Quintana takes the victory.

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas has increased his lead in the Tour de France courtesy of a third-place finish in stage 17 this afternoon.

Colombian Nairo Quintana became the first ever winner of the brand new stage, with Dan Martin finishing second and Thomas holding off a late charge from Primoz Roglic and Tom Dumoulin to cross the line in third place.

Geraint Thomas of Team Sky in action during the Tour de France on July 25, 2018© Reuters

Thomas's finish saw him pick up a four-second bonus in the general classification standings, leaving him now one minute and 59 seconds clear of Dumoulin, whose performance was enough to leapfrog Chris Froome into second place.

Froome, a four-time winner and three-time defending champion of the event, came home in eighth place to drop down to third overall, now two minutes and 31 seconds behind Yellow Jersey-holder Thomas.

Thomas is now a heavy favourite to claim his maiden Tour de France victory following his performance in stage 17, which is the shortest stage in the modern era of the race.

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