Bevin withdraws from Tour de France with broken ribs

Jose Verdugo
Julio 13, 2019

Bevin was 137th in the overall standings on Thursday, going into the stage to the Planche des Belles Filles, the first mountain test on the three-week race program.

Thomas is seventh overall, 45 seconds behind leader Julian Alaphilippe of France.

Alaphilippe, who was cheered throughout by French fans again Wednesday, will start leader for Thursday's first real mountain test that concludes with a tough summit finish in the Vosges.

"I think a lot of them should be in a boxing ring rather than in a cycling race, yeah I guess that is sprinting", he said after losing his position and the opportunity to win his first Tour stage since 2017. "It's the dream of any person who loves cycling", said the 27-year-old Ciccone, who snatched the jersey thanks to 14 bonus seconds he grabbed at top of the Col de Chevreres and by finishing second in the stage.

"I suffered a bit in the climbs". It is one of those climbs where you have to be patient.

"I thought I had got away with it at the time and I didn't have any trouble when I got back into the race, no skin off or anything like that".

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Sagan turned on the power from 150 meters out to beat pre-race favorites including Jumbo Visma's Wout van Aert, a breakout star of the race who came second while Italy's Matteo Trentin came third.

The Slovakian also extended his lead in the points category, and now leads Australia's Michel Matthews by 47 points as he bids to win the green jersey for a record seventh time.

Thomas's Ineos team mate Egan Bernal of Colombia appeared less fresh and lost nine seconds to the Briton, prolonging the status quo in the team's shared leadership.

Thomas was typically drole when asked what he expected as the Tour headed off in the morning quipping: "I'm expecting the worst and hoping for the best".

What Thomas describes as "the big day" is a seven mountain slog culminating in a summit finish at La Planche des Belles Filles where four-time Tour de France victor Chris Froome enjoyed a breakout win in 2012.

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