Emotional Geraint Thomas celebrates 'insane' Tour win

Boy racer Thomas aged 10 left after finishing second at an event in Cardiff

"But he rode away from us on a straight stretch and I was fully sprinting and couldn't get one metre closer".

Froome took second place in the 31-km time trial, against the clock, from Saint-Pee-sur-Nivelle, won by a single second by time-trial world champion Tom Dumoulin, with Thomas coming home third, 14 seconds off the pace. It is just overwhelming. "It's insane, really. It's going to take a while (for me to realize)".

Dumoulin is the world time trial champion and could gain plenty of time there.

Quintana's win lifted him from eighth overall at 4m 23s, to fifth at 3m 30s to Thomas, whose lead on a reshuffled top order rose as a result of Froome's eighth-place finish at 1m 35s to Quintana.

The stage was won by Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar), one of the pre-race overall favourites who lost too much time early on to win overall.

"Obviously, I didn't want him to have a bad day, like he did", Thomas said of his teammate.

On the road Thomas has mirrored the path of Froome, who worked for the team to secure Wiggins his title before moving on to win the race himself with Thomas as his assistant. I didn't think about it all race and suddenly I won the Tour.

"After a hard day yesterday I did not think it was possible", Froome said.




"I felt good today".

This year's race has been tainted by spectators booing and spitting at riders from the British team, particularly targeting four-time Tour victor Froome, 33, who will secure third place in this year's event this afternoon. He can also make it Sky's sixth victory in the last seven years.

It marked the first time in 12 years that the Tour passed through the Basque Country and fans waving the region's red, green and white flags lined the entire route in front of the area's traditional half-timbered houses.

The Dutchman was clearly frustrated about the way things turned out at the stage, not only because he was unable to launch stronger attacks, but also because of the race motorcycles driving where they shouldn't have to be and causing a draft that allegedly helped Primoz Roglic.

That fourth place finish was enough to see Martin move up one place in the overall classification as he leap-frogged Nario Quintana into eighth place, 6:39 behind Thomas.

The performance of Geraint Thomas in this year's Tour de France may signal the end of the Chris Froome era as we know it.

Sara, a TV presenter who has anchored the coverage of Le Tour for Welsh language channel S4C, arrived just in time to embrace her husband as he triumphantly crossed the line.

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