Great Britain's Christopher Froome (R) rides during the tenth stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race between Annecy and Le Grand-Bornand, French Alps, on July 17, 2018. / AFP / Jeff PACHOUD
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Outgunned on the opening Alpine salvo of the Tour de France, the Sky team of defending champion Chris Froome have promised fireworks over the coming two days of racing.Sky, who have won five of the past six editions of the Tour de France, started the first of three consecutive days in the Alps with high hopes.With Geraint Thomas only 43 secs behind overnight leader Greg Van Avermaet, who is not a specialist climber, the Welshman was expected to be rewarded for a solid first week by pulling on the yellow jersey to enjoy a few days in the spotlight before four-time winner and teammate Froome took over.Instead, Sky didn't react when Van Avermaet fought his way into an early breakaway group that went on to build a significant lead.
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