Tour de France 2018 win confirmed ahead of final stage

Great Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey

Great Britain's Geraint Thomas, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey

The 32-year-old Welshman, the third Briton to win the race after Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins, secured Team Sky's sixth victory in the race from the past seven editions.

Thomas claimed the lead on stage 11 and held off a series of challengers, including team-mate and four-time champion Chris Froome, during three tough stages in the Pyrenees and a gruelling time-trial on Saturday. "We thought Froome was going to win it, if I'm being honest", Roberts said.

Geraint Thomas is set to be crowned the third British victor of the Tour de France in seven years as he produced another superb performance during the penultimate stage today.

Tour de France victor Great Britain's Geraint Thomas celebrates on the podium after the 21st and last stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris, July 29, 2018.

Australia's Richie Porte crashed out early in the Tour
Australia's Richie Porte crashed out early in the Tour

American rider Lawson Craddock, who broke his shoulder in the opening stage and sits last overall, also broke down into tears upon reaching the finish. "I have dreamed about this for many years".

Thomas rode a yellow bicycle to match his yellow jersey and shared glasses of champagne with his teammates during the casual ride into Paris.

"It has been a great race - if we look at all our individual riders they are fantastic", Thomas, who won two mountain stages including one up the iconic Alpe d'Huez climb, told a news conference. Froome rode next to Thomas as they crossed the line and applauded.

Team Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin finished the Tour in second place with Froome a further 33 seconds behind in third place.

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Sky - and consequently Thomas - became a target for many fans due to an asthma drug case involving Froome, stemming from last year's Spanish Vuelta. Late Scare " I just want to enjoy this, man.

It's a dream come true.

"It comes down to tomorrow but I can take confidence with how I'm riding, and what will be will be", he said.

Thomas, who now has another major honour to accompany his pair of Olympic gold medals on his mantlepiece, won the eleventh and twelfth stages in the Alps while continually picking up advantages elsewhere to accumulate a final time of 83 hours, 17 minutes and 13 seconds. I believed I could beat the guys here but to do it on the biggest stage of all over three weeks, it's insane.

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The mostly flat 116-kilometer (72-mile) leg began in Houilles just outside Paris and concluded with nine laps up and down the Champs-Elysees.

"Nico [Portal, Team Sky sports director] told me to relax, take it easy and just make sure I won the Tour".

Martin finished in the same time as Thomas but missed out a time bonus himself with Romain Bardet edging out the Irish cyclist for third place.

It took several laps of the inner-city circuit around the Champs-Elysees for the race to kick into action. "The bad thing about TUEs at the moment is that if you've had a TUE, that's seen as a negative thing - but it's not".

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