There are six stages remaining, with the race ending in Paris on Sunday. "Everything worked out perfectly, I'm so happy".
"When the attacks started, I had Lars in my ears and he told me that he didn't care how we did it, but we had to win, so we did".
Froome said Thomas, 32, is now the stronger of the two as the Welshman has ridden an "absolutely faultless race" to take the leader's yellow jersey into the final week.
In the past fortnight four-time victor Chris Froome has been cuffed by one fan, spat at by another, and had an unidentified substance thrown at him, while Geraint Thomas has been persistently booed when presented with his yellow jersey.
"We're not looking at each other as rivals, we're looking at the other guys in third, fourth, fifth - they are the ones who could put us under pressure". Romain Bardet is fifth, a further 43 seconds back. I think he made me sleep a little bit bad, because I got nervous, but he was doing a really good job explaining the stage during the whole race today.
Team Sky controlled the peloton virtually from the start in Millau, rolling under its magnificent viaduct and south towards the Pyrenees where this race will ultimately be decided next week, and it quickly split into two separate battles: a breakaway pack chasing the stage victory and the overall leaders contesting the yellow jersey 15 minutes behind them.
Thomas did that comfortably, and when Mikel Nieve slid into view, trying to win the stage from the breakaway, another prize was on offer and he sped up again, passing the Mitchelton-Scott man inside the last 400 metres.
Intentions seemed clear on Belgium's national holiday after seven Belgians got in among a group of 32 frontrunners including Philippe Gilbert and yellow jersey holder Greg Van Avermaet.
Thomas said he hoped Moscon's exit did not have too big an impact on the team. "I imagine for our rivals it's making their lives quite hard, having two guys to watch like that". "We'll smile and try and win the race". Christopher Froome (UK, Sky) - 1,393.
The British outfit have detractors, both stemming from their recent dominance of the sport, and because of a recent anti-doping investigation into Froome, which was dropped in early July.
He's really disappointed. He's let himself down, he's let his team down and now he's gone home.
Speaking on Monday's second rest day, Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford said spitting and booing seems to be "a French cultural thing". "The Tour de France is promoted as the world's greatest annual sporting event, and if you want the best worldwide riders to come to your country then maybe treat them with a little more respect". "We will make a decision about what to do with him after the race, look at processes and go from there", he added.