He turned up looking for stage victories and maybe a repeat of last year's victory in the King of the Mountains classification
, but after taking yellow on stage three to Epernay he launched a defence that just kept going and going.
Teuns could celebrate a first career Tour victory while the 24-year-old Ciccone - a star of the Giro d'Italia in May as he took a stage win and the mountains classification
- did just enough to take the yellow jersey by six seconds.
Navy's Junrey Navarra was overall points classification winner, 7-Eleven's George Oconer the overall mountains classification
and Go for Gold's Ismael Grospe emerging the best under-23 rider.
Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, a one-day classic specialist, confirmed his huge potential by winning two stages and taking the polka dot jersey for the mountains classification
Alaphilippe also won the 10th stage and is wearing the polka-dot jersey of the mountains classification
Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, in the polka dot jersey as King of Mountains classification
leader, won his second stage of the race with Thomas, Froome and all of the main General Classification contenders coming in some nine minutes later.
"It's pure happiness after a day of suffering," said Alaphilippe, who tightened his grip on the polka dot jersey for the mountains classification
KING OF THE MOUNTAINS THE mountains classification
always plays out as a face-off between the main candidates for yellow and those riders a couple of rungs down the ladder who can climb well and are given some leeway by the leaders, writes Nick Pulford.
The announcement follows a Tour de France for Tinkoff-Saxo, where the team, despite the early loss of previous winner Alberto Contador through injury, won the mountains classification
along with three stages.
Quintana doubled up as the winner of the young rider's jersey ahead of the impressive Italian Fabio Aru of Astana, third overall, while another Colombian, Julian Arredondo of Trek Factory, took the blue jersey for the mountains classification
ahead of Team Sky's Italian rider Dario Cataldo.
"We did well and got quite a big gap, but it was controlled, so I tried to ride for the mountains classification
, but there were some very strong riders in the group.
France's Pierre Rolland had led the way over three of the climbs to get back to within a single point of Froome in the King of the Mountains classification