Sir Dave Brailsford was celebrating once again as his rebranded Team Ineos made it seven Tour de France wins out of the last eight – but this time it was not a Briton on the top step of the podium.
Geraint Thomas said on Saturday night he believed Julian Alaphilippe deserved a podium spot after his electrifying ride lit up the Tour de France – but the Welshman may well wonder if he cost him the top step.
Team Ineos spent three weeks being asked why they had not been their usual dominant selves at the Tour de France but will end it on Sunday with a one-two of Egan Bernal and Geraint Thomas stood on the podium in Paris.
Egan Bernal will stand on the top step in Paris on Sunday as the youngest winner of the Tour de France in the post-war era and the first from Colombia.
Egan Bernal is set to win the Tour de France after successfully defending his yellow jersey over a shortened stage 20 into Val Thorens.
Geraint Thomas pledged to help team-mate Egan Bernal to Tour de France glory after seeing hopes of defending his title washed away in a landslide in a chaotic finish to stage 19 on Friday.
Stage 19 of the Tour de France ended in chaos as hailstorms caused a landslide and forced organisers to stop the race before the final climb.
Team Ineos’ attempts to break Julian Alaphilippe on the Galibier served mostly to reopen their own leadership debate as Egan Bernal leapfrogged Geraint Thomas on stage 18 of the Tour de France.
Nairo Quintana soloed to victory on stage 18 of the Tour de France in Valloire as Egan Bernal raced away from Ineos team-mate Geraint Thomas while they tried to shake off Julian Alaphilippe on the Galibier.
Geraint Thomas’ hopes of defending his Tour de France title suffered a blow on Wednesday as his road captain Luke Rowe was thrown out of the race ahead of three decisive mountain stages to come.
Geraint Thomas’ hopes of defending his Tour de France title have suffered a blow after his road captain Luke Rowe was expelled from the race on Wednesday along with Jumbo-Visma’s Tony Martin.