Thomas enjoys the champagne feeling of being a Tour de France victor

Tour de France winner Great Britain's Geraint Thomas wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey and classification third-placed Great Britain's Christopher Froome cross the fisnish line of 21st and last stage of the 105th edition

Tour de France winner Great Britain's Geraint Thomas wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey and classification third-placed Great Britain's Christopher Froome cross the fisnish line of 21st and last stage of the 105th edition

Geraint Thomas described his Tour de France victory as the "stuff of dreams" after today becoming the third Briton to win the race in the past seven years.

Having worn the leader's yellow jersey over the Alps and through the Pyrenees, only one more challenging stage stands in the way of Geraint Thomas winning his first Tour de France.

The Welsh rider with Team Sky successfully defended his lead over second-place Tom Dumoulin in the mostly ceremonial final stage around the Champs-Elysees.

Team Sky will also be left to rue the loss of a rider just before the race heads to the harsh slopes of the Pyrenees, where the whole team will be needed to ensure Thomas and Froome retain their strong positions before the Stage 20 time trial. "Tomorrow it will be a crucial time trial I will try everything", said Roglic.

"I got into cycling because of this race".

Martin finished in the same time as Thomas but missed out a time bonus himself with Romain Bardet edging out the Irish cyclist for third place.

A former teammate of Thomas's and Froome's at Barloworld, when the Welshman was "maybe 10 kilogrammes heavier", Impey has seen him develop from an Olympic gold medal-winning pursuit specialist into a consistently strong performer on the road.

"I went to his wedding, so I think we're mates!"

Chris Froome was proud of Geraint Thomas' Tour de France win, but he has no intention of stepping back as he plans to extend his period of dominance.




The Norwegian rider Alexander Kristoff with UAE Team Emirates won the final stage of the race in a sprint finish.

He wept, saying: "I didn't know my wife was here either, which made it even worse".

American rider Lawson Craddock, who broke his shoulder in the opening stage and sits last overall, also broke down into tears upon reaching the finish.

It mattered little, though, as Thomas maintained his lead to end Dumoulin's hopes of wrestling the yellow jersey from the 32-year-old.

"I've not got a good track record with speeches so I'll keep it short", Thomas said on the podium. I think it is one of the standout sporting achievements in Welsh history.

Thomas' official race time was 83 hours 17 minutes and 13 seconds.

France's Julian Alaphilippe and world champion Peter Sagan, of Slovakia, both finished within the time cut and are set to claim the polka dot jersey for the mountain classification and the green jersey for the points classification, respectively. He's been a massive part of my Tour victories.

But, when pushed into helping Thomas keep the yellow jersey in Sky hands after years of benefiting from the Welshman's help, Froome obliged on the bike - and when it came to handing out the plaudits afterwards.

Tasmanian Richie Porte, one of the overall favourites, then crashed out for a second successive year on stage nine to Roubaix and before the first of 15 sectors of cobbles with a fractured collarbone.

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