Welsh rider Geraint Thomas wins his 1st Tour de France title

Hope Soto
July 30, 2018

Geraint Thomas became the third brit to win the Tour de France today, joining Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome on the list of cyclists from these shores to achieve the feat.

Thomas, a two-time Olympic champion for Great Britain in track cycling before turning his full attention to the road, took it all in his stride and after dominating the mountain stages in the Alps with two superb victories, maintained his advantage in the Pyrenees and on the final time trial to hold off his closest rivals for the prized crown in cycling.

Dumoulin beat defending champion Chris Froome by one second to win stage 20, a race against the clock from Saint-Pee-Sur-Nivelle to Espelette spanning 31km.

Geraint Thomas has been confirmed as the victor of the Tour de France after the final stage in Paris.

The Welsh rider with Team Sky successfully defended his lead over second-place Tom Dumoulin in the mostly ceremonial final stage around the Champs-Elysees.

On the contrary, many Australians will feel happy for Thomas, who is well known to the domestic Australian cycling scene. All Thomas must do to wrap up the win is finish the stage, of course, amid the main field.

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

A key helper in many of Froome's previous six Tour wins, there was a general feeling on this race - backed by a superb win in the Criterium du Dauphine stage race and fears that Froome's Giro d'Italia-winning efforts would soon tell - that it might be time for payback. "I didn't know my wife was here either, which made it even worse".

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Thomas' victory will come as a relief for Sky, especially in the wake of Froome's popularity nose-diving in France after he was cleared of a doping offence months after testing positive for excessive levels of an asthma drug.

"He was never put into trouble by anyone in the mountains, or on any stage, also not by me", said Dumoulin. Normally that stage is really hard but today I just seemed to float around.

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

"I'm going to have a big party for a couple of weeks", he said. "Then he rode the Tour in 2007 and three years later he wore the white jersey (for the best young rider)".

Former ski jumper Roglic tried to drop Thomas several times in the last climb up to the Col d'Aubisque but the Team Sky rider kept his composure and controlled the situation throughout. "The last time I cried is when I got married".

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

Froome's failure to beat Thomas also showed how hard it is to complete a Giro-Tour double, with Marco Pantani being the last man to achieve the feat in 1998 during the doping-tainted era.

That fourth place finish was enough to see Martin move up one place in the overall classification as he leap-frogged Nario Quintana into eighth place, 6:39 behind Thomas.

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