Tour de France 2018: Geraint Thomas secures yellow jersey


Team Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin finished the Tour in second place with Froome a further 33 seconds behind in third place. "I remember running home from school to watch the end of the Tour de France and the dream was always just to be part of it and that came true back in 2007", Thomas told the crowd during the victory ceremony. "We thought Froome was going to win it, if I'm being honest", Roberts said.

"I'm really trying not to cry, it's unbelievable".

"After a hard day yesterday I did not think it was possible", Froome said.

"The strongest rider won the Tour de France", Froome said.

Dumoulin won the 20th stage by one second ahead of four-time champion Froome, who leapfrogged Primoz Roglic into third place overall.

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Defending champion Chris Froome is also out of contention for the overall victory but leapfrogged Slovenian Primož Roglič, the victor of yesterday's final mountain stage, into third on the general classification standings after he crossed the line today in second.

"Well done Geraint Thomas, all of Wales is hugely proud of you on this magnificent win".

The 32-year-old becomes the first victor to hail from Wales and the third from Great Britain, following in the footsteps of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome. "(Sports director) Nico (Portal) said take it easy in the corners.

At the end of a disjointed speech, during which the overwhelmed Thomas struggled to remember the names of his team-mates and nearly forgot to thank his wife, Thomas finished with a mic drop. "He had this ambition to win the Tour in the back of his mind".

"I seem to be floating around on cloud nine. I was the back-up leader and if I was good, I was good and I would stay in front".

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"I can finally let the emotion come". According to Ellingworth, that victory ahead of two-time Tour de France victor Alberto Contador was a turning point.

It is the sixth British and Team Sky victory in the past seven years.

"It was clear from the first mountain-top finish that "G" was the stronger rider in this year's Tour de France and getting behind him was the natural thing for me to do", Froome, who has won six Grand Tours, told BBC Sport. Despite releasing a grovelling apology following the stage in which he apologised to Gesbert and his own team for his actions, Moscon's future at Team Sky looks to be in doubt following previous disciplinary issues and this incident at the most prestigious event on the cycling calendar.

In 2013, he broke his pelvis after crashing on the opening stage but managed to complete the race and help Froome pick up his first Tour title. It was all about the next stage, or the next descent.

Sunday's stage, which started in the Paris suburbs before eight high-speed laps of a circuit taking in iconic landmarks in the French capital, was won by Alexander Kristoff of Norway, the European champion.

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Thomas was third quickest on the stage, behind Dumoulin and Froome, but did comfortably enough to take the yellow jersey into the celebratory final stage and showed his delight as he crossed the line in Espelette.