Chris Froome stole the limelight, but Richie Porte was quick to praise Team Sky’s other in-form Brit at the end of today’s stage – Geraint Thomas.
The Welshman is still well-placed overall, and as the Australian pointed out would have been well within his rights to sit on Porte’s wheel and let the Aussie lead the way up.
But instead, when Froome called for some extra pace on the front, Thomas was straight to the fore – upping the tempo, dropping the likes of Alberto Contador and neutralising Alejandro Valverde’s attacks.
That he then went on to claim sixth on the stage – two minutes down – and move up to fifth overall speaks volume of the form the Welshman is in, and it surely not be long before G is rewarded with a Grand Tour leader’s spot – particularly with Porte set for the exit.
And Froome and Thomas were joined in the top ten on the day by another Brit too, with Adam Yates riding to seventh place – his best result of his debut Tour so far.
Yates was still in the front group when the likes of Bardet, Nibali and Rodriguez had long since cracked to once again prove his climbing ability.
It was brother Simon who shone at the Dauphine, and now Adam has issued a reminder that there are two Yates’ to watch at Orica-GreenEDGE.
A stage win for either one of them would be an incredible result, but Adam’s climbing shows it is not unreasonable to suggest it could happen.