But Froome, now 1min 39sec behind Thomas in the overall standings going into three consecutive days in the Pyrenees, said he would be happy to forego all the glory if it means Thomas wins the race for Sky.
With Froome seeking a fifth Tour title, Team Sky has yet to declare its current top option for the title since Thomas won back-to-back summit finishes in the Alps.
A communique from race commissaires said Moscon had been disqualified for "particularly serious aggression".
"Obviously the closer you get, the more you want to stay on the podium, but I'm still not really thinking about it", he said.
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With Sky dominating the Tour in recent years and easily chasing down any attacks from far out, the shorter stages should lessen the British team's ability to maintain control.
Moscon was also disqualified from last year's world championship road race after hanging on to a team vehicle.
Lappartient said he believed Brailsford was reacting to the fact that his team has not been popular in France, where their domination of the race in the last few years is reminiscent of that of Lance Armstrong's U.S. Postal in the early 2000s.
"I was not affected because I was not in the first 10 of the group", he said. The race will resume shortly." and "185 km.
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Better was to follow for the American, a target for Sunday's opponents, as he put the Germans into the lead with a minute to play. The 25-year-old was spared further blushes though as the midfielder's long-range effort went wide.
Froome remained second in the general classification, 1 minute, 39 seconds behind Sky teammate Thomas.
And although the race began with adamant claims that Thomas would be a loyal super-domestique for Froome, the team can not ignore the weight of public opinion.
Thomas, while not saying he will race against Froome, has made it clear that he is not going to relinquish his shot of winning a first Grand Tour.
Thomas, meanwhile, is generally well received and cheered more than his more accomplished team-mate.
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"All this talk of attacking or not attacking. we are in an wonderful position, we are one and two", said Froome, who won the Tour in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
"It's the third week, they've been working a lot for a long time so maybe we can isolate Sky a bit", said the Spanish veteran. It's the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, It's a massive honour just to be wearing it.
'I don't know how people are going to react but it's not going to calm people down, ' Brailsford added.
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