Geraint Thomas: Vingegaard was covering Pogacar for fun, but we’ll keep fighting

The last time Geraint Thomas came this way, the yellow jersey was on his back and his Sky teammates were the men beating a pathway for the Tour de France through the unruly forest of flares, flags and flailing limbs that always sprouts up along the 21 hairpins of Alpe d’Huez.

Four years on, the mountain’s unique ecosystem remained more or less intact – “I got hit a couple of times on the arm, but luckily there were no flares, which is good, because that can choke you,” Thomas said – but the race unfolding within it was altogether different.

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