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Geraint Thomas wins Criterium du Dauphine

13 June, 2018, 19:40 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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"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.

Saturday's stage is nearly the same as the Tour de France stage 16 with four major climbs on the menu and a summit finish at la Rosiere.

Two ill-timed punctures meant the final stage was far from straightforward for the Team Sky man, but he was quick to hail the work of his team-mates in securing the second WorldTour stage race win of his career after Paris-Nice 2016. Bilbao made his move late on during the gruelling stage that is nearly the same as stage 11 in the Tour de France next month, with four major climbs and a summit finish at la Rosiere. Froome has won the Dauphine before each of his four Tour victories.

"With Froome winning the Giro, especially in the fashion he did, and myself coming away with the Dauphine, it's all on course for hopefully having a great July", Thomas told BBC Sport Wales.

But it did give Thomas the chance to lead Team Sky. Cycling's governing body, the UCI, are still investigating with Froome denying any wrongdoing.

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. I just made that final move towards the end.

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Thomas' Criterium win was also timely.

"Without the boys here I would not have won the Dauphine".

He added: "The guys were just incredible, They rode really well for me".

"Each kilometre I was more confident and happier".

"So hopefully we can get all that sorted before the Tour de France". Pierre Rolland (FRA) Team EF Education First - +41 Drapac p/b Cannondale Overall leaders 1.

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