JOHN TREVORROW is a multiple Australian champion road racer and Olympian who has been doing media commentary at the Tour de France for more than 20 years.
"Don't touch the riders, don't spit at us". Unlike on Thursday, when a fan's camera strap appeared to snag Vincenzo Nibali's handlebars on Alpe d'Huez, he slammed to the ground and broke a vertebra.
Pressed on whether he can win the Tour, Thomas replied: 'Racing over three weeks is a bit of an unknown for me.
Mountain biker jumps over Tour de France peloton in the first stage yesterday
Thomas' victory, his second in two days after also winning at La Rosiere, capped another flawless day for Team Sky after a stunning ride by Egan Arley Bernal on the famous climb to set up the GC battle to the finish which followed.
"Wearing the yellow jersey is a massive honour".
Former champion Vincenzo Nibali crashed with about four kilometres left and ended seventh, 13 seconds off the pace.
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"He should have been fighting for victory", Thomas said of Nibali.
"There were two police motorbikes and the road became narrow, there were no barriers and Froome attacked, traffic slowed down and I fell".
Alaphilippe, of the Quick Step team, launched an audacious lone attack on the third and penultimate climb and went on to solo over the finish several minutes ahead of the main peloton after a first day in the Alps marked by a yellow jersey truce.
"When you've got fans touching and interfering with the riders, who are doing everything to try and get up the climb, that's not a situation anyone wants to see".
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Thomas won by a couple of seconds from Dumoulin, with Bardet one second behind and Froome a further second back.
While it was another day of triumph for the Welshman, the sprinters labored once more, with Andre Greipel, Dylan Groenewegen and Fernando Gaviria dropping out.
"I knew there was a good chance (of going into yellow) but I didn't know how everyone else was going to ride".More news: Aussie Scientists Have Developed A Blood Test To Detect Melanoma