Published: Thu, August 02, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Geraint Thomas hailed as ‘perfect poster boy’ after Tour win

Geraint Thomas hailed as ‘perfect poster boy’ after Tour win

Froome who came into the race as a defending champion and holder of all three Grand Tour titles, having won the Vuelta a Espana last September and the Giro d'Italia in May was touted to be the favorite to win the title.

When Geraint was 16 he did his first-ever junior road race against all the best kids in Britain. It's a massive honour to wear the yellow jersey at any point in the race, and the longer I was wearing it the more comfortable I felt in it and everything else that came with it.

"I've dreamed about this victory for many years", Kristoff said.

Culture secretary Dafydd Elis-Thomas said the Welsh Government was "always on the lookout" for major events. It will take a while to sink in. The support from the Welsh, British flags.

"I stayed off Twitter and things during the race and went on after the time trial and it was just insane. Now, up here, being in the yellow jersey in front of all of you [the crowd] is just. wow".

In the ceremonial final stage of Sunday, Thomas maintained his defense and took a lead of 1 minute 51 seconds over Tom Dumoulin, Netherlands.

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"I'm not actually a cyclist myself, nor did I have a large interest in cycling, but I have plenty of friends and family that are very much into their cycling - my brother-in-law being an avid cyclist", he added. "I've been close many times before but never managed to beat the faster guys like (Mark) Cavendish, (Andre) Greipel, or (Marcel) Kittel, but today they're not here, they're out after the mountains, and today I was the fastest, so I'm super happy".

The mostly flat 72-mile leg began in Houilles just outside Paris and concluded with nine laps up and down the Champs-Elysees.

"I was on such a high and I had goosebumps coming on to the Champs Elysees".

Street vendors sold chicken, sausages, waffles, cake, and candies, while the smell of crepes filled the air.

When asked to describe their friendship in this unusual scenario at a press conference, Froome went with a stock answer, Geraint said they were good mates "for now" with a smile on his face. Froome was absolved of doping allegations days prior to the commencement of the tour; but that did not deter some fans from hurling abuses British team's riders throughout the three-week race.

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