The time lost was a blow, but Spekenbrink wouldn't agonize over that fateful stage.
"Just try to think about what you are doing", Portal said.
The Kenyan-born Briton had put on his rainjacket and was cycling back to the Team Sky bus when a policeman on the side of the road mistakenly took him for one of the thousands of cycling fans who traditionally ride up the mountain stages to catch a glimpse of their idols. "And we've seen it work well to do it because we have the level both the team and Tom [Dumoulin]".
Thomas had attacked his group of rivals near the finish to cross five seconds clear of rising Slovenian star Primož Roglič (Lotto-Jumbo), in fourth, and Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) in fifth.
Froome is chasing a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title, but it is his Sky teammate Thomas who is now in pole position after extending his lead to almost two minutes over Tom Demoulin.
Alaphilippe reached the top of Col du Tourmalet first, and with the polka dot jersey absolutely secure, the French rider relinquished the lead.
Demare said he was motivated by an accusation on social media from Andre Greipel, a top German sprinter, who alleged that Demare held on to his team auto on the way up the grueling Col du Portet in Stage 17.
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"Apparently he was doing the same to Quintana", Thomas said, referring to stage victor Nairo Quintana of Movistar.
A member of the Gendarme caused the two men to stop abruptly and crash before he then pulled Chris Froome off his bicycle. It is dramatic and exciting, but even in a mere 31km against the clock their time trialling capabilities are so limited, that Thomas, Dumoulin, Roglic and Froome will always have the upper hand.
A pair of Dumoulin attacks on the final climb were matched by Thomas, with Bernal also brilliantly rescuing Froome when Roglic appeared to have shaken off the defending champion. But it did boost his confidence for the finale. I was able to follow Roglič and Dumoulin. "As soon as you get carried away, it's when it goes downhill", the two-time Olympic track champion said. "There was still third place up for grabs and I had a little gap ... so nice bonus".
Geraint Thomas moved to within touching distance of winning the Tour de France after sprinting to a second-place finish on the final mountain stage.
Asked what advice he would give Thomas, Froome replied laughing: "I don't think he needs any". I just got dropped on the only straight part of the downhill.
Froome has been jostled and spat at by fans on the Tour so far, and admitted he did not immediately realise what was going on when the officer grabbed him. Many riders take the opportunity to draft motorbikes if they are there, many consider it the responsibility of the motorbike to not be in a position that can be taken advantage of.