Geraint Thomas Wins Tour de France Title

Arnold Nichols
July 30, 2018

Tour convention dictates that the race leader is never challenged on the final stage, so Thomas only needs to reach the finish in Paris on Sunday to win. He would arrive as a Tour de France victor, having crushed his opposition for three hard weeks all the way to Paris.

"We're a small nation and we really get behind anyone who's successful", said Thomas after Saturday's race, the penultimate stage time trial where he was surprised by his wife Sara. "I dreamed about this victory for many years and I was close many times before but I didn't really manage to beat the faster guys like Greipel, Kittel and Cavendish". I think it's going to take a while to sink in. It was Kristoff's first stage win of the Tour, justifying his selection by UAE Team Emirates who collected their second stage of the Tour after team leader, Ireland's Dan Martin, had clinched stage six at Mûr-de-Bretagne.

The 51 seconds were useful, but Thomas found other ways to pick up time on Froome and everybody else throughout the race.

Thomas, known as "G", was a support rider during Froome's title rides but he became Sky's undisputed leader when Froome cracked in the grueling 17th stage through the Pyrenees.

As the Tour de France champion-in-waiting, Geraint Thomas may only have celebrated his impending triumph with a "burger" and "a few beers" before Sunday's traditional victory parade around Paris.

Last autumn Froome announced he would race this year's Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.

Thomas had been a support rider on Team Sky, before becoming the victor of the grueling sporting event, the first Welshman to do so.

"When I had a wobble on that corner I thought, "chill out a bit", said Thomas. It is a whirlwind, I am floating around cloud nine.

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Many spectators along the Champs-Elysees held their arms high to record the riders on their smart phones as they went past on the cobblestones, and there were more cheers when 11 jets flew overhead leaving trails in the blue, white and red colors of the French flag.

It was Roglic's second Tour victory, having claimed stage 17 in the Alps a year ago.

The first week of the Tour left significant gaps in the general classification as much through incident and misfortune as form.

Only in the final time trial did he lose time on Dumoulin and Froome, but he had already virtually wrapped up the title in the mountains.

Primoz Roglic of Slovenia won the 200.5km 19th stage through the Pyrenees with an attack on the unsafe descent from the Col d'Aubisque.

Thomas and the peloton will complete the arduous, three-week race with a 72-mile ride that ends on the Champs Élysées. "If he was going to be on the podium, he was going to be on the top step", said Froome.

Dumoulin had to console himself with his third career Tour stage win - all of which have come in individual time trials.

"To win on Alpe d'Huez in the yellow jersey".


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