Demare silences detractors with stage 18 win, Thomas in yellow

Frenchman Arnaud Demare (
) silenced his critics with a superb sprint finish that grabbed him victory over compatriot Christophe Laporte in the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday.

Britain’s Geraint Thomas finished close behind to tighten his grip on the yellow jersey three days before the 21st and final stage in Paris. The Welshman holds a 1min 59sec lead on Dutch rival Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb).AFP

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