Geraint Thomas tunes up for Tour with Dauphine success

Geraint Thomas wins Dauphine 2018

Geraint Thomas supplied Team Sky with their sixth Criterium du Dauphine success in the past eight years on Sunday.

Thomas held off Adam Yates, winner of the concluding seventh stage, with Romain Bardet taking third in the overall standings.

Thomas follows the footsteps of Bradley Wiggins, who won the race twice, and three-time winner Chris Froome. He took the honours by 1min from Yates with Bardet 1min 47sec back in this tune-up for the Tour de France which gets under way on July 7.

Adam Yates pulled clear of Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) 50m from the line at the finish to the 136km closing day’s ride to the ski resort of Le Bettex.

As for Thomas, his final day was blighted by two punctures. After catching up with the main leaders with 30km remaining, he crossed the line a handful of seconds off the pace without ever being in danger of losing possession of the yellow jersey.

Thomas would normally expect to be a domestique for four-time champion Froome at the Tour but victory at the Criterium against potential Tour contenders, coupled with the uncertainty surrounding Froome’s adverse analytical finding from a drug test last year, means the Welshman could yet be riding for his own glory next month.

“I was always thinking of the next stage, the next climb and it’s an amazing feeling [to win] and I think it will really start to sink in tonight. It’s a massive race and it’s an incredible feeling”, said Thomas.

“The puncture didn’t really help and having to chase back on, but the guys were just incredible, they rode really well for me and I had the legs to get back. I was just counting down the kilometres on the last climb and knew I had about 1’20” to lose on [Adam] Yates so as each kilometre went by I was more confident and happy [with each passing kilometre]. When they started sprinting with 300m to go I was like, it’s done – finally.”

Criterium du Dauphine 2018 – stage 7 results (Moûtiers – Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc):

1Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


2Daniel Navarro (Cofidis)


3Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)


4Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


5Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)


6Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)


7Damiano Caruso (BMC)


8Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)


9Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)


10Pierre Rolland (EF Education First-Drapac)



Final general classification:

1Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)


2Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


3Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)


4Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)


5Damiano Caruso (BMC)


6Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


7Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)


8Pierre Rolland (EF Education First-Drapac)


9Daniel Navarro (Cofidis)


10Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)



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