Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas has just won this season’s Criterium du Dauphine bringing to the British team the sixth victory during the last eight years.
Thomas was able to win the event with an overall time of 24 hours, 43 minutes and 12 seconds, after taking second place on today’s final stage which was won by Adam Yates, his closest rival who stands 60 seconds behind as third place went to Romain Bardet.
An amazing race
“It’s amazing to win such a prestigious race. It’s incredible. I didn’t let myself think so far ahead. I was always thinking of the next day or the next day. Now I realize I’ve won a massive race,” Thomas said.
“Punctures today didn’t really help. I had to chase back on. The guys rode really well for me. On the last climb, I just knew I had about 1’20” to lose on Yatesy.”
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Thomas admitted to feeling happier and more confident by each kilometre. “Finally, at 200 metres to go, when they started sprinting for the win, I was relieved. I can rest a little bit and wait for July. This is a confidence booster for the Tour,” he added.
Today’s victory means Thomas has become the fifth British cyclist in Criterium du Dauphine’s history to have won the title after Chris Froome, Brian Robinson, Robert Millar, and Bradley Wiggins.