Geraint Thomas survives late scare to win Criterium du Dauphine

Geraint Thomas survives late scare to win Criterium du Dauphine

Thomas was clearly the strongest rider in the field, moving up into the top five after Sky won the team time trial, and then remaining consistent in the mountains.

"I was always thinking of the next stage, the next climb and it's an awesome feeling [to win] and I think it will really start to sink in tonight". "It's an incredible feeling to win and I think it will really start to sink in tonight". Now I realise I've won a massive race.

He added: "The guys were just incredible, They rode really well for me". "Recovery went well and I knew in the final I needed to wait a bit, the past few days I went too early and I needed to wait, wait, wait, bide my time and kick for the line", he said.

"The Tour de France has been my goal since start of season, but the Volta a Catalunya set things back", Yates said about crashing out of the Catalonia tour in March.

"It's not a great situation for him, the team or just cycling in general", Thomas said.

After catching up with the main leaders with 30km remaining, he crossed the line a handful of seconds off the pace without ever being in danger of losing possession of the yellow jersey. I just made that final move towards the end. I get to ride the races I want and I am a leader in a lot of them. France's Romain Bardet, of AG2R, jumped to third from seventh overnight and is at 2min 01sec.

For his part, Bardet denied any wrongdoing, insisting they were only riding hard to win the stage.

Bardet had started the day in third overall, and repeatedly attacked the British duo in a bid to upgrade his podium finish, but - even after Thomas twice had to chase back following ill-timed punctures - he could not shed his GC rivals. Adam Yates (GBR/MIT) at 1:29, 3.

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