Geraint Thomas becomes first Briton to win Tour de Suisse


Geraint Thomas tuned up for Tour de France with overall victory in the Tour de Suisse after Sunday’s eighth and final stage.

The 36-year-old rider sealed victory after the 25.6 km time trial in Liechtenstein, won by Remco Evenepoel.

Thomas finished second three seconds behind the stage 8 winner to snatch victory from Sergio Higuita who had started the day wearing the leader’s yellow jersey.

“It’s super nice obviously to win here. I hadn’t been back here since 2015,” said Thomas who finished second in the race seven years ago. “I lost the jersey by a few seconds, so it’s nice to come back to this race and win it.

“It’s kind of revenge. It was a difficult race. You had to be consistent all week. So I’m really very satisfied.

“We lost Adam Yates at the start of the week. I had to take the reins of the team. It is a great satisfaction for me.”

Higuita finished second overall 1min12sec behind the winner after clocking the 11th fastest time, with Jacob Fuglsang taking third place a further four seconds back.

Geraint Thomas follows on from his wins in stage races including both the Tour de France and Critérium du Dauphiné in 2018, the Paris-Nice in 2016 and the the Tour de Romandie in 2021.

“It’s been a difficult week for me, with ups and downs,” said Evenepoel.”But the last few days I’ve felt good. I’ve regained my form a bit.

“We made a few management mistakes during this week which somewhat hit the general ambitions. But I had decided in my head to go ahead and concentrate on the time trial.

“That’s what we did today, because we thought that I was able to win it. But I was no longer sure of myself when I saw Geraint in the last corner. Finally, I was able to maintain a few seconds advantage.

“It’s good to finish this Tour de Suisse with this victory.”


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