Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas wins Tour de France champion

Adjust Comment Print

Geraint Thomas tightened Team Sky's grip on the Tour de France when he handed the British outfit their sixth title in seven years on Sunday and there is no sign that their domination will end anytime soon.

Thomas and Froome will be hoping to have a decent lead over their main rival in the general classification, Tom Dumoulin, before Stage 20 as Dumoulin is a time trial specialist and the current holder of the World Time Trial Championship.

At this point, Mr Dumoulin is ahead of Mr Froome by one second, while Mr Froome is ahead of Slovenia's Primoz Roglic, and will likely take third place.

Thomas will take a lead of 1 minute, 51 seconds into Sunday's final stage to Paris, which is traditionally a procession.

Following Thomas' convincing display in the final mountain stage Friday, the Team Sky rider knew that he just had to finish within 2:04 of Dumoulin to secure the overall win.

On the contrary, many Australians will feel happy for Thomas, who is well known to the domestic Australian cycling scene.

"It wasn't like I had to work for him as a domestique".

But the spotlight was firmly on Thomas, so long in the shadows of teammates past and present, Bradley Wiggins, the first British victor of the famous race in 2012, then Froome.

Though he had led Froome by more than a minute and a half after his victory on stage 12 to Alpe d'Huez, Thomas revealed he was only fully handed the leadership of the team after the four-time victor faltered on stage 17 to fall even further back just days before Paris.

He joined Team Sky in 2010.

Vettel on top again in final Hungarian practice
Early into qualifying, Hamilton even feared his tires were "falling apart" but once again he proved himself to be the best in wet conditions.

"I think it is important that we think about what we can do to say thanks to Geraint for what he has done for Wales".

The Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff with UAE Team Emirates won the final stage of the race in a sprint finish.

Speaking of Saturday's stage, he said: "I felt good, I felt strong, I felt really good actually".

But he added: "Tonight, I won't celebrate too much".

"It's going to take a while to sink in", Thomas said before draping the flag of Wales over his shoulders during the podium ceremony.

Thomas was a support rider during Froome's four victories but he emerged as Sky's strongest rider in this race when Froome crashed early on and couldn't keep up in the mountains.

POOL New / Reuters Thomas drinks champagne with Great Britain Team Sky team principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, who rides in a auto.

Thomas first rode in the Tour in 2007, when he was 140th of the 141 finishers. Froome rode next to Thomas as they crossed the line and applauded.

"The last time I cried was when I got married", Thomas said as he teared up. According to Ellingworth, that victory ahead of two-time Tour de France victor Alberto Contador was a turning point.

"I think we'll have some beers, and burgers tonight, but that's it". The Dutchman has won six TTs overall at the three Grand Tours - the Tour, the Giro d'Italia and the Spanish Vuelta.

Comments