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Geraint Thomas ahead of stage 4 at the Tour de France Geraint Thomas ahead of stage 4 at the Tour de France
Cary Erickson | 12 July, 2019, 19:47

Belgium's Dylan Teuns has taken victory on stage 6 of the Tour de France on the La Planches des Belles Filles - the first gruelling summit finish of this year's edition. Now 2:08 behind Thomas overall, Bardet will be hard-pressed to make up that deficit on even harder climbs to come in the Alps and Pyrenees.

The 21-stage event is scheduled to conclude on July 28.

Giulio Ciccone, the Giro d'Italia mountains jersey victor, is surprisingly still 14/1 (+1400) to win the Young Riders' Classification, despite taking the Yellow Jersey on La Planche de Belle Filles. In a gruelling final climb, Thomas beat yellow jersey holder, Julian Alaphilippe, to the finish.

"When it came down to the two of us, we stayed calm, we talked about it", said Teuns, hinting that the pair did a deal for a win-win instead of risking it all by not collaborating and getting caught by the big guns.

"The yellow jersey was my childhood dream", Ciccone said.

"My task on the Tour de France was to gain experience and help Richie so that's what I'm going to do now", he said.

Geraint Thomas took back control of the Tour de France on Thursday, with a surge of power taking him clear of his main rivals on the backbreaking finish to stage six in the Vosges mountains.

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"I will try to understand what happened".

The last three riders to hold the yellow jersey at the top of the Planche des Belles Filles all went on to win in Paris: Bradley Wiggins in 2012; Nibali in 2014; Chris Froome in 2017.

Britain's defending champion Geraint Thomas of Team Ineos was fourth, while France's Thibaut Pinot of Groupama-FDJ ranked fifth.

Fellow Briton Adam Yates lost 14 seconds to Thomas in the final moments of the stage but moved up to 14th place overall.

On the longest stage of the Tour at 230km, the riders involved in the summit showdown the day before were in relaxed mood.

Back in the Young Riders' betting, Egan Bernal's fall below Thomas in the overall standings did dent his price, but the Colombian remains the odds-on favourite, at no bigger than **1/2 (-200).