Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas seals Tour de France victory

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Geraint Thomas has won the 2018 Tour de France to clinch his first Grand Tour victory.

Stage 21 into Paris was largely ceremonial, with tradition dictating that the General Classification leader goes unchallenged on the final day.

True to form, the British rider sipped champagne and shared a laugh with teammates as they rode gently through the French countryside towards the fan-lined Champs Elysees.

Double Olympic gold medallist Thomas safely completed the ride nearly two minutes ahead of his nearest rival, Tom Dumoulin.

It’s Team Sky’s sixth Tour de France title in seven years, following four victories from Chris Froome and one from Bradley Wiggins.

KRISTOFF SEALS FINAL STAGE

Alexander Kristoff from UAE Team Emirates won the final stage, pipping John Degenkolb in a nail-biting sprint finish.

After a trip around the Paris suburbs, the race finished with eight high-speed laps of a circuit featuring the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, and the Louvre museum.

Teams went all-out in the last couple of laps, maneuvering their key men into the best position to cross the finish line first.

With a light drizzle starting to descend upon the French capital, the cobblestones of the Champs Elysees became treacherously wet.

Happily disaster was averted as Norwegian rider Kristoff delivered the win.

GERAINT THOMAS: A SUPPORT RIDER NO MORE

Chris Froome, who crossed the finish line side-by-side with his teammate Thomas, started the Tour as race favourite.

But fellow countryman Thomas, who won two Olympic gold medals in track cycling before focusing on the road, had other ideas.

The Cardiff native went into this year’s race at a dainty 67.6kg (10st 9lb).

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After years of playing a support role to Team Sky’s leading protagonists, this meant Thomas was able to excel in the early climbs.

He dominated the mountain stages in the Alps and consolidated his lead with a mature performance in the Pyrenees.

Thomas then held off the final challenge of his closest rivals in Saturday’s time trial, before claiming the title on Sunday.

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Author: Andrew Binner
Andrew is an Olympic Channel news producer and perennially-injured winger.