Monday, 18 June, 2018

Geraint Thomas wins Criterium du Dauphine

Briton Thomas takes Dauphine lead as Ireland's Martin wins stage Team Sky’s Thomas wins Criterium
Cassandra Castillo | 13 June, 2018, 19:40

Saint-Gervais - Welsh rider Geraint Thomas supplied Team Sky with their sixth Criterium du Dauphine success in eight years on Sunday.

The two-time Olympic champion, who also has a win at Paris-Nice on his palmares, was joined on the podium by Bury's Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), who secured second place overall by winning the final stage of the race.

French rider Romain Bardet took third in the overall standings. It's a massive race and it's an incredible feeling. Bilbao made his move late on during the gruelling stage that is nearly the same as stage 11 in the Tour de France next month, with four major climbs and a summit finish at la Rosiere.

"I was always thinking of the next stage, the next climb and it's an fantastic feeling [to win] and I think it will really start to sink in tonight".

Sir Bradley Wiggins won the race for a second time in 2012 before going on to become the first British victor of the Tour, while Froome has won it on four occasions, each time going on to claim the yellow jersey in Paris.

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Yates said: "The Tour de France has been my main goal for the whole season".

He is seeking to become the fifth British victor and follow recent successes for other Team Sky riders in Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2011 and 2012 and for Chris Froome in 2013, 2015 and 2016.

"I made a good recovery though and I'm in good shape, ready for the next training block ahead of the Tour".

"Each kilometre I was more confident and happier".

Thomas's Italian Sky team-mate Gianni Moscon is third overall on the same time as Caruso. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOR) 14, 5. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 2:01, 4. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) at 21sec, 3. Dan Martin (IRL/EAU) 24, 7. Pierre Latour (FRA/ALM) 35, 10.

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