Thomas takes out Criterium du Dauphine

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2018

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.

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas defended his race lead after stage six of the Criterium du Dauphine in La Rosière Espace San Bernardo today.

The 32-year-old Welshman eventually finished fifth, 19 seconds behind Yates whose 10-second time bonus for winning the stage reduced his overall deficit to Thomas to one minute exactly.

"I was always thinking of the next stage, the next climb and it's an wonderful feeling [to win] and I think it will really start to sink in tonight".

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

The race is a good indicator of form heading into the Tour de France, which takes place from 7-29 July. Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky 24:43:12 2. "I managed to get a few more bonus seconds which is good".

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.

"It was a hard stage, especially back to back with yesterday's, which was hard too".

Thomas then launched a spectacular bid to catch Martin and only French hope Romain Bardet was able to follow.

The 32-year-old Thomas, victor of Paris-Nice in 2016, is coming into form at just the right time with the Tour de France a month away.

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. Adam Yates (GBR/MIT) at 1:29, 3.

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