"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," Thomas said after the race. "To now be riding round winning it is just incredible. It's just a whirlwind. I seem to be floating around on cloud nine. Maybe when I'm 70, sat in a corner of a pub telling some 18-year-old what I used to be, it will sink in. It's incredible, the stuff of dreams." Chris Froome was the pre-race favourite after having won the Giro d'Italia earlier this year, along with the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana last year, but eventually it was him who had to settle for a place in Thomas' shadow this time.
This was the ninth Tour de France for Geraint Thomas, his first was in 2009 and back then he finished 140th out of 141 riders. His best finish before this season was a 15th place, mainly because he always sacrificed his own ambitions in order to help team leaders Chris Froome. This year he proved his great form first on stage 11, when he attacked with 6 kilometers left on the final climb to get both the stage win and the yellow jersey. The next day, he attacked again and became the first British rider to win the legendary climb of Alpe d'Huez. Those back-to-back stage wins in the Alps put Thomas firmly in control of the race and he kept his place at the top of the overall standings by racing without mistake in the remaining nine stages.
You can already bet on who will win the 2019 edition of the Tour de France at Betfair, Geraint Thomas is 2/1 to secure the victory while Tom Dumoulin is 5/2.
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