Geraint Thomas wins 2018 Tour de France

How The Race Was Won Infallible Thomas closes on maiden Tour win after rampant Roglic wins Stage 19

But Thomas came to this race not as one of the favourites to win, nor as the leader of his own team, with Sky putting their focus on Froome until it became clear the Welshman was the man in form. Thomas's contract with Sky finishes at the end of the year and the British outfit could find themselves with two grand tour leaders if the new champion-elect extends his contract.

Thomas follows Wiggins and Froome into the record books.

"The last time I cried was when I got married", Thomas said as he teared up. "It's just bonkers. I'm going to try to enjoy today, and certainly tonight!" "I didn't think about it all race, and now suddenly I won the Tour".

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.

Thomas finished third in yesterday's time trial, which was won by Team Sunweb's Dumoulin.

Thomas said he did not think the Tour win would "change" him and is "looking forward to getting back home and celebrating with everyone".

Geraint 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). Dutchman Tom Dumoulin stayed second ahead of Saturday's decisive individual time trial. But he was flying downhill, and eventually I got dropped on a straight part just because he was on his tube and full in the slipstream of the motorbike, " Dumoulin said. "Nico was on the radio and told me to make sure I win the Tour, don't risk anything".

"He came to me the day he had a bad day and he seemed genuinely happy for me and pleased", he continued.

He added: "I felt good, I felt strong.I can't speak".


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

It marked the first time in 12 years the Tour passed through the Basque Country, and fans waving the region's red, green and white flags lined the entire route in front of the area's traditional half-timbered houses.

On Sunday he concluded his transformation from a support rider into a champion of cycling's biggest race by claiming his first Tour de France title.

The first week of the Tour left significant gaps in the general classification as much through incident and misfortune as form. His previous Tours have not been without incident; in 2013 the rider broke his pelvis, and past year had to abandon the race after breaking his collarbone. "Thomas was the absolute strongest over the three weeks, and he showed that every day".

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

In 2014, which started in Yorkshire, he ended up being the only Briton to finish the Tour, in 22nd, after Mark Cavendish crashed out on stage one and Froome pulled out on stage five.

Thomas and Froome have been together since their days on the small Barloworld team a decade ago.

Thomas may have taken the yellow jersey off Van Avermaet a day later than expected but he did it in some style on the second Alpine stage of the Tour.

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