Tour de France 2018
Geraint Thomas has won the Tour de France, becoming the first ever Welshman and the third Briton to triumph in the 3 week race.
Thomas says his first Tour de France victory has given him a “taste” for more grand tour successes, although he appears unlikely to tackle the Vuelta a Espana despite being pencilled in for next months race.
The 32 year old draped the Welsh flag around his shoulders on the podium. “I got into cycling because of this race” said Thomas who won the race by one minute fifty one seconds from the Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin.
Norwegian rider and European champion Alexander Kristoff won the final sprint finish on the Champs-Elysees scarcely beating John Degenkolb and Arnaud Demare, as Thomas crossed the line arm-in-arm with Chris Froome.
Four-time champion Froome completed at podium, having started three weeks ago as favourite to become the fifth rider to win a record equalling fifth Tour de France title and came into the race as defending champion and holder of all three Grand Tour titles, winning the Vuelta a Espana last September and the Giro d’Italia in May. The spotlight was of course on Thomas, spending so long in the shadows of teammates past and present, Bradley Wiggins, the first British winner of the famous race in 2012, then Froome.
Geraint Thomas’ victory continued Team Sky’s domination of the Tour de France in recent years, with its British riders claiming six of the last seven titles. Although this is his certainly the biggest victory of his career and perhaps having been in Chris Froome’s shadow for some time, Geraint is not coming from obscurity. He is a two-time Olympic champion for Great Britain in track cycling before switching to the road, and after dominating the mountain stages in the Alps with two incredible victories, maintained his advantage in the Pyrenees holding off his closest competitors.
Thomas crossed the line with a punch of the air. For years he had arrived in Paris as just another domestique – always working for the benefit of his team or leader in Team Sky, having served Chris Froome or Bradley Wiggins, and there was no doubt he had earned his time to wear yellow.
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