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Geraint Thomas wins Tour de France

Geraint Thomas wins Tour de France

"It's incredible just to be sat here with this jersey, it's insane", Thomas said on Saturday after a third-place finish in the penultimate stage time trial - won by Dutch rival Tom Dumoulin - virtually secured his maiden victory on the race.

Fellow Team Sky rider Chris Froome headed into this year's tour as the overwhelming favourite as he targeted a fifth triumph.

The Team Sky rider finished third in the 31 kilometres time trial from Pee-Sur-Nivelle to Espelette to effectively seal the yellow jersey with only tomorrow's processional stage remaining.

In second overall was Dumoulin at 1m 51s, with Froome at 2m 24s, an order unchanged by the final and 21st stage - 116km from Houilles to the Champs Elysées - won by Norwegian Alexender Kristof (UAE-Team Emirates) from German John Degenkolb (Trek-Segefredo) and Frenchman Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ). "I'm 27 years old and hopefully I'll get stronger, especially in the mountains, and hopefully one day I will be able to win". "[Sports director] Nico [Portal] told me to take it easy and be a bit more relaxed, just to make sure I win the Tour. If he rolls into Paris with the yellow jersey on his back, I'll be stoked".

Emyr said: "He came up to Denbigh Cricket Club for a charity ride after (a) Tour de France in memory of our dad Glyn Thomas".

"It won't really sink in probably for a few months". Right now it's like a whirlwind.

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

But losing time over the opening nine stages meant Froome was on the back foot.

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"The last time I cried was at my wedding, I don't know what happened then, at least I know what's happening now".

Thomas had already been designated as the victor of this year's Tour, becoming the third Briton to do so after Bradley Wiggins and Froome. "It was clear as soon as we hit the Alps that Geraint was in better physical condition than me".

For Froome, victory could not have gone elsewhere.

He joined Team Sky in 2010. Froome rode next to Thomas as they crossed the line and applauded.

Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford was particularly pleased for Thomas, a rider he had known since his junior days.

Thomas, who was cheered during the podium ceremony, also had a message for riders aged 5-18 at the Maindy Flyers Cycling Club in Wales. "Everything just clicked this race". "Don't let anything hold you back", he told them. "You will have ups and downs - but believe anything is possible".

'To be actually around winning it is, you have to pinch yourself. You've just been unbelievable.

"Now he's being repaid for all the years of hard work and sacrifice he made for the team".

Thomas got the honour of lining up in pole position as the Tour experimented with an F1-style grid for this short, sharp mountain stage, but it was a day filled with peril for Team Sky. "Legend is over used but I think he's one of the best stage race riders around". However, the prospect of Moscon avoiding the sack from Sky looks slim, following previous misdemeanours which have left him on his final warning from Sky.