Geraint Thomas wins Tour de France

Great Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey

Great Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey

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.

This means Thomas only needs to reach the finish line in Paris tomorrow to win the famed race.

Roglic, who also excels at time trials, showed courage on a twisty descent made more hard by clouds and fog hanging over the Aubisque.

Incredibly, he climbed back up the ditch with the help of a fan, raced to the finish line, and was cracking jokes at the finish line. It speaks volumes about his personality. And for the team it is the sixth Tour de France in seven years. If you believe in something, just go for it and don't let people put you down.

Thomas's first successes came on the track.

A former teammate of Thomas's and Froome's at Barloworld, when the Welshman was "maybe 10 kilogrammes heavier", Impey has seen him develop from an Olympic gold medal-winning pursuit specialist into a consistently strong performer on the road.

Wales' other castles were also lit up in celebration of Thomas' win.

"Geraint's ambition was classics first", Ellingworth says.

But it was only enough to secure his virtual runner-up place in the race, Dumoulin's second in a Grand Tour this year after he finished runner-up to Chris Froome at the Giro d'Italia in May, but his first on the Tour. "Nico was on the radio and told me to make sure I win the Tour, don't risk anything".

"He spent most of the Tour in 2007 riding behind the peloton, dropped", said Brailsford. "It showed his character". He finished seventh at 1:12 behind Dumoulin.

Australia's Richie Porte crashed out early in the Tour
Australia's Richie Porte crashed out early in the Tour

Years later, he signaled himself as a potential Grand Tour victor when he won the week-long Paris-Nice in 2016.

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

He still wore the yellow jersey at the Tour after winning the opening time trial but broke his collarbone in a downhill crash in the Alps. "This victory was of great importance". In total he picked up 33 bonus seconds, 20 of them from his two stage wins, with the rest coming through bonus sprints or lower placings.

Sky, and particularly Froome, were subject to abuse during this tour after Froome was cleared of a doping case only days before the start.

The three-week race covered 3,351 kilometers (2,082 miles). He won back-to-back mountain stages and became the first British rider to win at the Alpe d'Huez.

Dan Martin's fourth-placed finish amongst Thomas' group propelled the Irish rider to eighth in the general classification. He is really confident in himself and uses his people very well.

"They'll be going bananas in Wales now and you couldn't have a better ambassador for a country than him". "When he was with me full-time, we lived in Manchester or in Italy".

"I've known him since he was 13-14 and he has chipped away". He just enjoys life.

Now he's at the peak of his career but out of contract with Sky at the end of the season.

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