Sagan takes third win at Tour, Thomas keeps lead on Stage 13

Magnus Cort Nielsen celebrates after winning yesterday’s stage of the Tour de France

Magnus Cort Nielsen celebrates after winning yesterday’s stage of the Tour de France

Spewing yellow smoke, the flare appeared to be thrown over Team Sky's riders, massed on the right-hand side of the peloton around Geraint Thomas in the yellow jersey, before bouncing across the road without bringing down anyone.

"It was one of the stages I had marked and when I saw the breakaway go, I told myself that I had to get in it", he said.

Marc Madiot, the manager of the Groupama team and the president of the MPCC (Movement for Clean Cycling), which Team Sky have refuse to join, expressed dismay at the manner in which an anti-doping case concerning Froome was dropped by the International Cycling Union (UCI) days before the Tour began.

Team Sky's Gianni Moscon has been expelled from the Tour after "punching" Elie Gesbert of team Fortuneo-Samsic at the start of today's stage 15.

"I would like to offer my honest apologies to both Elie Gesbert and Team Fortuneo Samsic for this unacceptable incident".

Fraile went first, before Dani Martinez (EF-Drapac) and then Alaphilippe launched their own counter-attacks on the climb - the latter closing in rapidly on the two men in front of him.

Brailsford will be furious.

In 2017, Moscon was handed a six-week suspension from Team Sky after racially abusing Kevin Reza, then of FDJ, at the Tour de Romandie.

Nor is this the first time Moscon has been in trouble with the authorities.

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World champion Sagan was fastest down the final stretch, crossing the line ahead of Alexander Kristoff and Arnaud Démare in a bunch finish in Valence.

It includes three categorised climbs, including the 12.3 km-long Pic de Nore, whose summit is 40 km from the downhill finish line. Romain Bardet of AG2R La Mondiale came in third, finishing a second after Dumoulin.

He was cleared of an offence days before the start of this year's race after he was found to have excessive levels of asthma drug salbutamol during one stage at last year's Vuelta a Espana.

Thomas also addressed the booing which he and his team-mates have received during this Tour, saying he did not feel that he had done anything to deserve it. "There's a bit of negativity around and it isn't nice but at the end of the day you need to stay strong in your head and crack on".

"I didn't see that".

In a statement on Sunday night, Team Sky accepted the decision and said his future would be considered after race.

The flare was the only thing that came close to upsetting a relatively quiet day for Thomas after the drama of his back-to-back mountain stage wins which thrust him into yellow.

- I cannot complain, as I rode the final climb the best I could.

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