Teuns takes Tour's 6th stage as Ciccone grabs overall lead

Geraint Thomas ahead of stage 4 at the Tour de France

Bookies slashed Thomas from highs of 3/1 (+300) into no bigger than even-money favourite with William Hill and Betway to land back-to-back Tour de France victories, the 33-year-old now generally priced at odds-on for the overall win, some online betting sites offering a mere 4/5 (-125).

But that is no indication of form, Thomas said earlier this week.

Ciccone's overall time stands at 23:14:55. "It was a good big breakaway group", said Teuns. He raced the Giro d'Italia in May and won the mountains jersey and a mountain stage - the second of his short career - and was a surprise inclusion in the Trek-Segafredo line-up for the Tour.

"It feels odd, to have the yellow jersey on my back feels so unusual." said Ciccone.

"It's just unbelievable", said the Italian after taking the overall lead from Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe by just six seconds. "Egan for one, and Yatesy (Adam Yates), Riche Porte and Nairo Quintana in other teams", the Welshman told reporters after Wednesday's fifth stage. "He's been checked and treated by Le Tour doctor and will be evaluated further by the team doctor at the finish", his EF-Education First team said.

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The last three riders to hold the yellow jersey at the top of the Planche des Belles Filles all went on to win in Paris: Bradley Wiggins in 2012; Nibali in 2014; Chris Froome in 2017. "I felt pretty good".

"I will try to enjoy this jersey as much as I can, but my focus stays with Richie, he's our leader and I will do my very best to help and protect him as much as possible". 'I thought the steep climbs weren't my cup of tea. It's one of those climbs where you have to be patient.

Better still for the defending champion was the damage done to risky rivals such as Romain Bardet, Porte and Vincenzo Nibali, all of whom lost more time to the Welshman.

"It's an incredible day, I just can't realise".

At 230km, stage seven is the longest of this year's Tour and the relatively flat route set up a bunch sprint to the finish line in Chalon-sur-Saone.

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