Tour de France 2018: Geraint Thomas wins to make sporting history

Tour de France 2018: Geraint Thomas wins to make sporting history

Geraint Thomas won his first Tour de France title on Sunday, concluding his transformation from a support rider into a champion of cycling's biggest race.

"It's incredible just to be sat here with this jersey, it's insane", said Thomas Saturday after a third place finish in the penultimate stage time trial, won by Dutch rival Tom Dumoulin, virtually secured his maiden victory on the race.

Thomas was just three seconds off yellow after Team Sky finished the team time trial second to BMC, whose Greg Van Avermaet took the race lead. "It's unbelievable to finish second in the Tour de France".

Emyr said: "He came up to Denbigh Cricket Club for a charity ride after (a) Tour de France in memory of our dad Glyn Thomas".

3rd stage win on Le Tour for @kristoff87, definitely the most attractive one!

"My wife Michelle is expecting a baby any day now, so I'm going to be home tomorrow and hopefully have some down time with the family".

Thomas emulates Wiggins in converting himself from an Olympic team pursuit champion into the victor of the world's biggest road race. "I haven't had to manage them at all -- they have worked it out for themselves, and that takes some doing", said Brailsford.

The significance of Chris Froome's short excursion in to a field less than six kilometres from the finish of the opening stage was not immediately apparent - and certainly did nothing to change Team Sky's insistence that he remained the team leader.

"I only have respect for him".

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It took several laps of the inner-city circuit around the Champs-Elysees for the race to kick into action.

France's Julian Alaphilippe and world champion Peter Sagan, of Slovakia, both finished within the time cut and are set to claim the polka dot jersey for the mountain classification and the green jersey for the points classification, respectively. Normally that stage is really hard but today I just seemed to float around.

Victory is the sixth time a Team Sky rider has prevailed in the last seven years and comes after a dominant display from a man who had so often supported teammates in a domestique role at previous grand tour events.

French rider Sylvain Chavanel, riding his record 18th Tour, rode ahead of the pack as the first rider onto the Champs-Elysees.

Thomas has been known for grit and determination that surpasses what is he norm for cyclists.

A gracious Froome said of his compatriot: "It's a dream to finish on the podium with Geraint". The last time I cried was when I got married. "When he was with me full-time, we lived in Manchester or in Italy".

"It's really nice Froomey committed fully to me and fair play", Thomas said.

Thomas produced a near flawless performance to become the third British and Team Sky rider to triumph after Bradley Wiggins (2012) and Chris Froome (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017).

White jersey - Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale)Pierre Latour rode in the break on stage 16 protecting his lead in the best young rider competition.

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