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Thomas cements Dauphine pole as Bilbao wins penultimate stage

Ireland's Dan Martin resisted a late challenge from Sky's Welsh all-rounder Geraint Thomas to clinch his first win in 16 months on FridayMore Ireland's Dan Martin resisted a late challenge from Sky's Welsh all-rounder Geraint Thomas to clinch his first win in 16 months on FridayMore
Noah Ferguson | 13 June, 2018, 20:19

Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas with a trophy after winning the Criterium du Dauphine.

The Astana rider completed the route, which started in Frontenex, in a time of 3:34:11.

So Thomas' success, Team Sky's sixth win in the past eight years in the event, has reinforced the belief that they will again be the ones to beat in the biggest of road cycling's three Grand Tours.

Briton Adam Yates, riding for Mitchelton, is second overall, 1min 29sec behind Thomas.

"Throughout the race I was never thinking about the end result, it was always about the next day or the next climb". Now I realise I've won a massive race.

"I'm just going to enjoy this win now, rest up and recover and look forward to July". "I'm more anxious about my form for the Tour de France".

But it did give Thomas the chance to lead Team Sky. We're getting closer and closer so I'm happy to get confidence from this race.

He said it was learning from the previous days that helped him take victory on St Gervais Mont Blanc, delaying his attack to claim the stage win.

"It was a hard stage, especially back to back with yesterday's, which was hard too. Romain Bardet was trying to overtake me in the GC but every time I responded".

England's Adam Yates, who's twin Simon wore the pink jersey at the Giro d'Italia for 13 stages in May, was third on the day at 15 seconds.

"I knew I had about one minute 20 seconds to lose on Yatesy so at 200 (metres) to go, when they started sprinting for the win, I was relieved", Thomas was quoted as saying by the BBC. Pierre Rolland (FRA) Team EF Education First - +41 Drapac p/b Cannondale Overall leaders 1.

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