History Repeats Itself With Thomas And Froome's Leadership Contest

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) wearing the yellow jersey during stage 13 at the Tour de France

Much like a series of folk tales, the Tour de France tends to throw up recurring tropes. Now 115 years into its existence, The Great Bike Race understandably runs thin on original plot lines. Some stories bear repurposing, however, and few in Tour history have proved as enduring as intra-team rivalry. In an echo of Coppi and Bartali, Anquetil and Rivière, Hinault and LeMond, Indurain and Delgado, Armstrong and Contador – and plenty more besides – come Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome , who occupy first and second overall as the 2018 Tour reaches its third weekend. To this point, the Team Sky duo – backed by an imposing supporting cast – have been the two strongest riders in the race. Although Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) remain in the hunt, it's difficult to shake off the impression that the Sky pair are in a race ...

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