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Tour de France leader Geraint Thomas lashed out after falling victim to an “idiot” fan who almost brought him down at the end of Thursday’s 17th stage. Team Sky rider Thomas was racing to third place on the mountaintop finish of the race when a man reached out from behind the security barriers to try and grab him. The Welshman stayed on his bike to increase his overall lead on Dutch rival Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) to 1:59, with four-time champion Chris Froome, Thomas’s teammate, in third at 2:31.
If he avoids disaster on the way to the Champs Elysees in Paris on Sunday, Thomas will make history as the first Welsh winner of the Tour. But the 32-year-old admitted his bid, which has been hampered by a minority of rowdy fans who have booed and jeered Team Sky on several occasions, could have been ended by an “idiot”.