Tour de France

Thomas fulfils childhood yellow jersey dream

2018-07-29 21:08
Geraint Thomas
Geraint Thomas (AP)

Paris - Britain's Geraint Thomas fulfilled his childhood dream by winning the Tour de France on Sunday after the 21st and final stage won by Norway's Alexander Kristoff.

Thomas, of Team Sky, finished the race in Paris with a near two-minute lead on Dutch rival Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) to secure his first yellow jersey, with teammate and four-time and defending champion Chris Froome finishing third at 2:24.

"It's still not sinking in, it's incredible," said Thomas, looking gaunt and tired after three weeks of "suffering day-to-day" on the 105th edition.

The 32-year-old Welshman, the third Briton to win the race after Froome and Bradley Wiggins, secured Team Sky's sixth victory in the race from the past seven editions.

"Big respect to Froomey," he said.

"It could have been awkward, there could have been tension... he's a great champion and I've always had respect for you.

"The dream was always to participate, and that dream came true 11 years ago. Now, up here, being in the yellow jersey in front of all of you (the crowd) is just... wow."

Thomas, known for having a beer while watching his favourite sport of rugby, was quick to grab a Welsh flag before he jumped on to the top step of the podium before listening to a rendition of God Save the Queen - the British national anthem.

"I started cycling because of this race. I remember running home from school to watch it," said Thomas, who paid a heartfelt tribute to his wife Sara, who was emotional as she stood on the sidelines.

"The amount of support I've got... ah, my wife. Big thanks to Sara. She's been with me through thick and thin."

Thomas, who won back-to-back stages in the Alps before sealing victory with a third-place finish in the penultimate stage time trial on Saturday, took a 1:51 lead over Dumoulin into the 21st stage from Houilles to the French capital.

The final stage is usually a festive affair, and Thomas was seen celebrating with fellow Sky team-mates early in the stage as he soaked up becoming the first Welsh yellow jersey winner.

It took several laps of the inner-city circuit around the Champs Elysees for the race to kick into action.

And after a six-man breakaway was reeled in late on, the sprinters' teams upped the pace to chase down a last-ditch attempt by Belgian champion Yves Lampaert, of Quick Step.

Lampaert was caught with only 220 metres remaining, and from there UAE team sprinter Kristoff came off the wheel in front of him to surge to the line and hold off Germany's John Degenkolb and Frenchman Arnaud Demare.

"It's a dream come true," said Kristoff. "I've dreamt about this victory for many years."

Thomas rolled over the line seconds later, smiling and joking with teammate, training partner and close friend Froome.

Slovakian sprint king Peter Sagan failed to get in contention for the final sprint days after suffering injuries in a spectacular crash in the Pyrenees.

But the Bora rider consoled himself with three stage wins as well as winning his sixth green jersey for the points competition, equalling the record of Germany's Erik Zabel.

"I'm very happy, I suffered a lot in the last three days, but I'm very proud to take my sixth green jersey," said Sagan.

Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe had already secured the polka dot jersey for the King of the Mountains competition, a prize which came with two impressive stage wins, in the Alps then the Pyrenees.

"We're on the most beautiful avenue in the world, I've got this jersey and two stage wins," said Alaphilippe.

"The race is over, but it's not sinking in."

France saw yellow jersey hope and former two-time podium finisher Romain Bardet, of AG2R, disappointed with a sixth place finish at nearly seven minutes behind.

But his team-mate Pierre Latour boosted their campaign by winning the white jersey for the best-placed rider aged under 25.

Overall standings after the 21st and final stage of the Tour de France, a 116km ride from Houilles to Paris on Sunday:

1. Geraint Thomas (GBR/Sky) 83 h 17:13.

2. Tom Dumoulin (NED/SUN) at 1:51.

3. Christopher Froome (GBR/SKY) 2:24.

4. Primož Roglic (SLO/LNL) 3:22.

5. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/LNL) 6:08.

6. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 6:57.

7. Mikel Landa (ESP/MOV) 7:37.

8. Daniel Martin (IRL/EAU) 9:05.

9. Ilnur Zakarin (RUS/KAT) 12:37.

10. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 14:18.

11. Bob Jungels (LUX/QST) 16:32.

12. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 19:46.

13. Pierre-Roger Latour (FRA/ALM) 22:13.

14. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 27:26.

15. Egan Bernal (COL/SKY) 27:52.

16. Tanel Kangert (EST/AST) 34:52.

17. Warren Barguil (FRA/FST) 37:06.

18. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/BAH) 39:08.

19. Rafal Majka (POL/BOR) 39:57.

20. Damiano Caruso (ITA/BMC) 42:31.

21. Guillaume Martin (FRA/WGG) 44:18.

22. Jon Izagirre (ESP/BAH) 46:36.

23. Mikel Nieve (ESP/MIT) 49:19.

24. Gorka Izagirre (ESP/BAH) 50:02.

25. Simon Geschke (GER/SUN) 50:15.

26. Bauke Mollema (NED/TRE) 1 h 06:33.

27. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EFD) 1 h 09:09.

28. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL/BMC) 1 h 10:14.

29. Adam Yates (GBR/MIT) 1 h 17:35.

30. Lilian Calmejane (FRA/DEN) 1 h 18:09.

31. Robert Gesink (NED/LNL) 1 h 21:13.

32. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 1 h 23:05.

33. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/QST) 1 h 28:08.

34. David Gaudu (FRA/FDJ) 1 h 30:01.

35. Julien Bernard (FRA/TRE) 1 h 34:12.

36. Daniel Martínez (COL/EFD) 1 h 38:38.

37. Antwan Tolhoek (NED/LNL) 1 h 39:01.

38. Rudy Molard (FRA/FDJ) 1 h 47:36.

39. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/DEN) 1 h 47:47.

40. Kristijan Durasek (CRO/EAU) 1 h 48:06.

41. Arthur Vichot (FRA/FDJ) 1 h 51:19.

42. Maxime Bouet (FRA/FST) 1 h 58:08.

43. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 1 h 58:54.

44. Michael Andersen (DEN/AST) 1 h 59:20.

45. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) 2 h 00:32.

46. Daryl Impey (RSA/MIT) 2 h 00:53.

47. José Herrada Lopez (ESP/COF) 2 h 01:52.

48. Amaël Moinard (FRA/FST) 2 h 03:20.

49. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/SKY) 2 h 05:29.

50. Audrey Amador (CRC/MOV) 2 h 05:38.

51. Laurens ten Dam (NED/SUN) 2 h 06:22.

52. Soren Kragh Andersen (DEN/SUN) 2 h 06:23.

53. Stefan Kung (SUI/BMC) 2 h 07:14.

54. Thomas Degand (BEL/WGG) 2 h 09:54.

55. Mathias Frank (SUI/ALM) 2 h 10:29.

56. Jesper Hansen (DEN/AST) 2 h 10:33.

57. Omar Fraile (ESP/AST) 2 h 10:59.

58. Wout Poels (NED/SKY) 2 h 13:23.

59. Tom Slagter (NED/DDT) 2 h 13:58.

60. Franco Pellizotti (ITA/BAH) 2 h 17:32.

61. Pavel Kochetkov (RUS/KAT) 2 h 17:52.

62. Marc Soler (ESP/MOV) 2 h 18:51.

63. Jasper Stuyven (BEL/TRE) 2 h 20:24.

64. Marco Minnaard (NED/WGG) 2 h 20:31.

65. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/LOT) 2 h 24:41.

66. Oliver Naesen (BEL/ALM) 2 h 29:36.

67. Nikias Arndt (GER/SUN) 2 h 32:02.

68. Magnus Nielsen (DEN/AST) 2 h 32:26.

69. Darwin Atapuma (COL/EAU) 2 h 35:47.

70. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/SKY) 2 h 36:06.

71. Peter Sagan (SVK/BOR) 2 h 38:08.

72. Chad Haga (USA/SUN) 2 h 39:40.

73. Romain Sicard (FRA/DEN) 2 h 42:53.

74. Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE/FDJ) 2 h 45:40.

75. Julien Vermote (BEL/DDT) 2 h 45:57.

76. Gregor Mühlberger (AUT/BOR) 2 h 46:13.

77. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 2 h 47:46.

78. Koen de Kort (NED/TRE) 2 h 48:29.

79. Ian Boswell (USA/KAT) 2 h 51:47.

80. Yves Lampaert (BEL/QST) 2 h 52:37.

81. Paul Martens (GER/LNL) 2 h 52:46.

82. Toms Skujinš (LAT/TRE) 2 h 53:41.

83. Silvan Dillier (SUI/ALM) 2 h 55:15.

84. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/DDT) 2 h 57:00.

85. Anthony Perez (FRA/COF) 2 h 58:56.

86. Elie Gesbert (FRA/FST) 3 h 00:48.

87. Nils Politt (GER/KAT) 3 h 00:54.

88. Edward Theuns (BEL/SUN) 3 h 02:15.

89. Thomas Boudat (FRA/DEN) 3 h 04:07.

90. Michael Schär (SUI/BMC) 3 h 04:14.

91. Yoann Offredo (FRA/WGG) 3 h 04:27.

92. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BOR) 3 h 04:48.

93. Jérôme Cousin (FRA/DEN) 3 h 05:34.

94. Pawel Poljanski (POL/BOR) 3 h 07:14.

95. Andrea Pasqualon (ITA/WGG) 3 h 09:34.

96. Kévin Ledanois (FRA/FST) 3 h 11:55.

97. Dion Smith (NZL/WGG) 3 h 12:24.

98. Laurent Pichon (FRA/FST) 3 h 12:46.

99. Florian Vachon (FRA/FST) 3 h 13:47.

100. Simon Clarke (AUS/EFD) 3 h 15:40.

101. Julien Simon (FRA/COF) 3 h 15:55.

102. Kristjan Koren (SLO/BAH) 3 h 16:54.

103. Tomasz Marczynski (POL/LOT) 3 h 19:10.

104. Daniele Bennati (ITA/MOV) 3 h 19:22.

105. Romain Hardy (FRA/FST) 3 h 19:49.

106. Rory Sutherland (AUS/EAU) 3 h 21:22.

107. Simon Gerrans (AUS/BMC) 3 h 21:37.

108. Matthew Hayman (AUS/MIT) 3 h 21:55.

109. Sonny Colbrelli (ITA/BAH) 3 h 21:55.

110. Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA/DDT) 3 h 24:25.

111. John Degenkolb (GER/TRE) 3 h 26:35.

112. Daniel Oss (ITA/BOR) 3 h 32:29.

113. Michael Gogl (AUT/TRE) 3 h 32:54.

114. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/EAU) 3 h 33:33.

115. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL/EFD) 3 h 34:17.

116. Anthony Turgis (FRA/COF) 3 h 36:11.

117. Michael Hepburn (AUS/MIT) 3 h 36:30.

118. Luke Durbridge (AUS/MIT) 3 h 37:21.

119. Niki Terpstra (NED/QST) 3 h 37:31.

120. Fabien Grellier (FRA/DEN) 3 h 37:56.

121. Jack Bauer (NZL/MIT) 3 h 39:02.

122. Maciej Bodnar (POL/BOR) 3 h 39:20.

123. Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL/WGG) 3 h 40:30.

124. Christophe Laporte (FRA/COF) 3 h 41:55.

125. Heinrich Haussler (AUS/BAH) 3 h 42:24.

126. Marco Marcato (ITA/EAU) 3 h 42:54.

127. Olivier Le Gac (FRA/FDJ) 3 h 49:03.

128. Luke Rowe (GBR/SKY) 3 h 50:55.

129. Tom Scully (NZL/EFD) 3 h 50:59.

130. Dimitri Claeys (BEL/COF) 3 h 51:15.

131. Timothy Dupont (BEL/WGG) 3 h 51:16.

132. Lukas Pöstlberger (AUT/BOR) 3 h 56:53.

133. Oliviero Troia (ITA/EAU) 3 h 57:02.

134. Ramon Sinkeldam (NED/FDJ) 3 h 58:01.

135. Maximiliano Richeze (ARG/QST) 3 h 58:58.

136. Taylor Phinney (USA/EFD) 3 h 59:07.

137. Timo Roosen (NED/LNL) 4 h 01:05.

138. Roberto Ferrari (ITA/EAU) 4 h 01:34.

139. Amund Grondahl Jansen (NOR/LNL) 4 h 02:04.

140. Damien Gaudin (FRA/DEN) 4 h 02:07.

141. Arnaud Démare (FRA/FDJ) 4 h 08:18.

142. Jasper De Buyst (BEL/LOT) 4 h 08:54.

143. Jay Thomson (RSA/DDT) 4 h 09:49.

144. Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA/FDJ) 4 h 12:29.

145. Lawson Craddock (USA/EFD) 4 h 34:19.

Read more on:    tdf 2018  |  geraint thomas  |  cycling

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Standings

Vote

What do you enjoy most about the Tour de France?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.