Geraint Thomas Wins Tour De France, Romain Bardet Finishes Sixth
The 2018 Tour de France officially wrapped up on Sunday as Britain's Geraint Thomas crossed the finish line in Paris. The 32-year-old became the third winner from Britain joining four-time winner Chris Froome and 2012 winner Sir Bradley Wiggins. Geraint was able to defeat runner-up Tom Dumoulin by a minute and 51 seconds in the final results.
While Froome took third, BBC reported that Frenchman Romain Bardet finished sixth in the latest race. Froome finished two minutes and 24 seconds behind Thomas. Bardet, who is with AG2R La Mondiale, was six minutes and 57 seconds behind this year's winner. He felt his chances slip away earlier in the week.
Bardet was able to get third place at the end of Stage 19, admitting he did his best to stay with the leaders of the group from there. He ultimately struggled on the Col du Portet this past week and failed to return to the podium for a third-straight year, per Cycling News. He said several days ago, "You don't only need legs to win, you need a bit of luck too, and I didn't have it today."
Thomas' win came due to his sustained effort over 20 stages prior to the Tour de France finish. Part of the rulebook for the annual race doesn't allow a competitor to challenge the rider wearing the yellow jersey. Despite Norway's Alexander Kristoff winning Stage 21, Thomas and Froome crossed the finish line together. The duo locked arms as they crossed in celebration of Thomas' first-ever win in the event.
In previous Tour de France competitions, Geraint Thomas was backing up his teammate to ensure Froome's victory. His best finish ahead of today had been 15th, while Froome has captured four Tours including three straight from 2014 through 2017. The Team Sky member needed nine Tours to capture his win and interrupted Froome's streak.
Thomas reminisced over his debut in the race, telling ITV, "When I rode on the Champs-Elysees for the first time in 2007, that was insane - just to finish the race and just to be a part of it." He added that winning the Tour de France put him on "cloud nine."
He also mentioned it may take some time for what he accomplished to really sink in, saying he might be 70-years-old when it finally does. "It's incredible, the stuff of dreams," Thomas said.
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