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Focused Chris Froome at the start of yesterday’s stage

Moscon had been a key figure in Sky's successful start to the tour.

"For anyone to beat Team Sky this week they will have to beat Geraint and they will have to beat me and they will have to do it at the pointy end of the Tour".

Defending champion Chris Froome was cleared of a doping offence days before the race started but banners linking Sky to doping have been seen on the roadside and a fan slapped the Briton on the shoulder on his way up to l'Alpe d'Huez.

"It doesn't get us down, we stay focused on the race, but it is really nice to feel that camaraderie", Froome said before Sunday's stage.

Great Britain's Geraint Thomas keeps hold of the yellow jersey after finishing ahead of his principal rivals.

It was a placid ride for Thomas before the decisive final week.

Cycling's world champion did not disappoint, timing his move to reach maximum speed as he swung past two challengers to claim Stage 13 by a wheel length and take his third win of this race.

The race resumes on Tuesday, the first of three days in the Pyrenees likely to see Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), third at 1:50, among Sky's biggest challengers. Just before the top of Cote de la Croix Neuve he caught Stuyven and sprinted to his second Grand Tour victory, just in front of Julian Alaphilippe and Jasper Stuyven.

But the 32-year-old's dream of upstaging the four-time champion Froome to become the Tour's first Welsh victor is being challenged on all fronts.

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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.

Gianni Moscon will play no further part in this year's race after attacking Elie Gesbert. There's no point in me racing Chris and him racing me and Dumoulin winning the Tour. "I think he is just riding so well".

I don't know what kind of idiot you have to be to try to injure a biker, with hundreds of people around and the event being recorded and broadcast on live TV.

Astana Pro Team rider Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark wins the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France.

Despite his versatility on several types of terrain, Sagan is used to trailing home among the late finishers on the punishing mountain stages of the Tour.

The only sustained attack against Thomas came from Daniel Martin, who is 10th at nearly seven minutes behind.

It includes three categorised climbs, including the 12.3 km-long Pic de Nore, whose summit is 40 km from the downhill finish line.

There was also a half-hearted and short-lived attempt by Bardet to slip away on a downhill.

Prudhomme added: "We want the Tour public to be the same as they always have been".

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