Geraint Thomas wins Criterium du Dauphine

13 June, 2018, 19:42 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Briton Thomas takes Dauphine lead as Ireland's Martin wins stage

Thomas finished 60 seconds ahead of nearest rival Adam Yates, victor of the final stage, with an overall time of 24 hours, 43 minutes and 12 seconds.

"It's the biggest win of my career on the road, it's an fantastic feeling", Thomas told BBC Sport Wales. I was always thinking of the next day or the next day. "I'm more anxious about my form for the Tour de France".

"I knew I had about one minute 20 seconds to lose on Yatesy so at 200 (metres) to go, when they started sprinting for the win, I was relieved", Thomas was quoted as saying by the BBC.

Team Sky's Thomas came home 21 seconds behind Spain's Bilbao, who staged a heroic solo effort 12 kilometres from the finish to triumph for Astana.


Dan Martin's resurgence at Critérium du Dauphiné continued with a third-place finish on Saturday's penultimate day of racing that sees the Irish cyclist two and a half minutes down on leader Geraint Thomas. Froome has won the Dauphine before each of his four Tour victories. It's super hard and anything can happen but so far so good.

Froome, 33, a four-time Tour victor is involved in an ongoing anti-doping case after giving an adverse result in a test at the 2017 Vuelta a Espana.

"It's been a learning process starting in a new team so getting this win for UAE is great", he said. I just made that final move towards the end. He is in the previous year of his current Team Sky contract and wants his long-term future resolved before the Tour de France starts. The guys rode really well for me. Now I realise I've won a massive race. "I managed to get a few more bonus seconds which is good".

"So hopefully we can get all that sorted before the Tour de France". Adam Yates (GBR/MIT) at 1:29, 3.

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