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Riding the toughest bike race in the world is one thing. Riding it for the team protecting the Yellow Jersey is tougher still. Riding it with a fractured pelvis, however, is nigh-on unthinkable.
But that is exactly what Geraint Thomas, having crashed in a chaotic opening stage in Corsica nearly three weeks ago, is doing for Team Sky and the current leader of the General Classification, Chris Froome. And yet, when Sport catches up with the 27-year-old on the Tour’s second rest day, he insists he’s getting stronger with every kilometre.