Thomas extends Tour de France lead with Alpe d'Huez win

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It is a second spell in yellow for Thomas after he held it for four days of last year's Tour following victory in the opening time trial in Dusseldorf.

"As a Frenchman, I'm ashamed", Sky sports director Nicolas Portal said. "Sixteen kilometres to go did you say?" If I have to pull towards the end then I will. "It was pretty stressful so I had no idea".

CARCASSONNE, France-So the era of Team Sky dominance at the Tour de France has come to this.

Fans have booed and whistled at Froome throughout the race and with the huge numbers of spectators lining the 21 hairpin bends up Alpe d'Huez, Sky discussed security for Froome on the climb with race organizers.

Everyone knows you "stay wider of the rider", thanks to those stickers on cars across South Africa, but that's not really an option in the Tour de France.

"I can only renew my appeals for calm, for common sense, with regards to the riders who make up the Tour de France".

Asked about Copeland's comments, Froome said: "It's a pretty sad situation if that is correct".

"I think the organisers had tried to put in a few special precautions to stop those kind of things happening", Froome said.

But Prudhomme hinted tighter controls on stages featuring climbs that attract thousands of fans, many of whom run beside and hinder the riders, could be introduced.

"I thought I was going to win, I started my sprint well but I came up short".

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Tour de France Froome has been targeted on several occasions by fans this year and previously

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But it's not the same for the men fighting each other for the yellow jersey.

Mathias Frank (Ag2r-La Mondiale) set a fast pace on the front - too much for Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) to handle - but Thomas was still well placed as the climbing began, with Romain Bardet not responding when Frank swung off. "That's a question for the people on the side of the road".

The race will have a rest day on Monday.

Peter Sagan, right, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, crosses the finish line in stage 13.

Team Sky initially worked to keep the group at five minutes, but soon let them off the leash as Sagan claimed maximum points at the intermediate sprint and Alaphilippe led the way across the first climb.

Three years ago, before going on to win his second Yellow Jersey, Froome was doused with urine on his previous ride into Mende.

Said Slagter after the punishing day: 'It was a good stage for us so we gave everything to be in the break. "A welcome easier day for the whole peloton".

The rider has a lead of one minute and 29 seconds over his teammate Chris Froom and of one minute and 50 seconds on Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) with one week to go for the final stage in Paris.