Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Criterium du Dauphine: Geraint Thomas wins ahead of Adam Yates

Criterium du Dauphine: Geraint Thomas wins ahead of Adam Yates

Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas won the Criterium du Dauphine on Sunday after Adam Yates claimed the final stage of the warmup race for the Tour de France.

Thomas held off Briton Adam Yates, victor of the concluding seventh stage, with France's Romain Bardet taking third in the overall standings. France's Romain Bardet, of AG2R, jumped to third from seventh overnight and is at 2min 01sec.

"Ive been feeling good all year", the Irishman said after the race.

Team Sky's Thomas suffered two punctures during the 136km stage from Moutiers to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, but took a wheel from a teammate on the second occasion and was paced back to the peloton by Michal Kwiatkowski and Dylan van Baarle.

"The Tour de France has been my goal since start of season, but the Volta a Catalunya set things back", Yates said about crashing out of the Catalonia tour in March.

Criterium du Dauphine: Geraint Thomas wins ahead of Adam Yates

"From the start of the year I said I wanted to get there [the Tour de France] in the best shape possible and I'm on course for that".

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 managed to get a few more bonus seconds which is good".

Yates' victory was his second on the WorldTour this season, after also winning a stage at Tirreno-Adriatico, as he powered clear of Thomas and Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) in the final 200m. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) at 21sec, 3. Emanuel Buchmann (GER/BOR) 14, 5. Dan Martin (IRL/EAU) 23, 4.

Thomas is next due to race in the National Road Race championships in Northumberland where he is down to do the time trial (29 June) and the road race (1 July). Pierre Latour (FRA/ALM) 35, 10.

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