Thomas predicts stage 6 fireworks
Geraint Thomas says he will have a much better idea of his Tour de France rivals once stage 6 is over later today.
Green jersey holder Peter Sagan took out stage 5, the hilly 175.5km route to Colmar, on Wednesday which was a taster for the brutal climbs that are to come today.
Thomas and all the main general classification contenders kept themselves out of trouble, but Thomas is expecting one or two fireworks today.
"It was nice to get a bit of climbing in the legs and build up for [the first mountain stage on] Thursday," he said.
When asked what he made of his rivals' performance so far, Thomas admitted it is hard to say, but pointed out who could the main danger for today's stage.
"It is hard to say really, we will know a lot more after stage six," he said. "You can't really tell a lot from the last few days - obviously Alaphilippe is flying up those type of climbs.
"Thursday is a lot different but I think he has certainly shown the form to hang in there and keep the jersey. We will see - it will be interesting. There are a lot of climbs before the last one, so it will be a challenge."
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