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Tour de France: Geraint Thomas says win

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Tour de France: Geraint Thomas says win

‘It is simply insane actually’ – Thomas reacts to Tour de France win

Geraint Thomas has joked that his Tour de France victory has come on the proper time, as he prepares to sit down down and negotiate his future with Group Sky.

Thomas, 32, turned the primary Welshman and third British rider to win Le Tour when he clinched victory on Sunday.

“I’ve not signed a brand new contract but, so it’s fairly good timing!” Thomas, who’s out of contract on the finish of the 12 months, instructed BBC’s The One present.

He additionally praised team-mate Chris Froome for serving to him obtain victory.

Thomas rode in assist of Froome in every of his 4 Tour victories and was due to take action once more this time solely to emerge because the race’s dominant pressure.

Fellow Briton Froome, the defending champion, completed third total.

“To have Froomey experience for me was a large honour,” mentioned Thomas. “He’s most likely the most effective Grand Tour rider ever and it was by no means awkward. We have been at all times open and trustworthy with one another from day one.

“I’ve large respect for him for that as a result of it may have gotten awkward and been a little bit of rigidity there.”

Hungry for extra… and movie star followers

Requested if the victory had made him hungry for extra, he mentioned: “Most undoubtedly, I’ve received the bug for it now. I’ve actually loved my time within the yellow jersey and people stage wins as nicely. I would like extra now for positive, it is thrilling instances.

“It would take some time to sink in. Once I return to Cardiff it’ll be insane.”

Solely including to the surreal expertise have been the messages of congratulations from throughout the sporting world and past – from the likes of Thierry Henry, Dan Carter and Sir Elton John, in addition to a telephone name from former Arsenal supervisor Arsene Wenger.

“I spoke to him on the telephone this morning, which was bonkers,” mentioned Thomas, an Arsenal fan. “I stayed off Twitter and issues in the course of the race and went on after the time trial and it was simply loopy. The assist is simply wonderful.”

Bonding expertise for Group Sky

Thomas mentioned of Froome: ‘It should have been powerful for him as a result of he desperately needed to win a fifth Tour de France’

Group Sky confronted an anticipated backlash in the course of the Tour, stemming from an anti-doping investigation into Froome that was dropped in early July and other controversies.

Riders have been booed and spat at by spectators, whereas Froome was pushed by a spectator on Alpe d’Huez.

Thomas mentioned the abuse had been one thing that solely elevated the bond among the many crew.

“Now we have simply received an actual good bond and we actually kind of gelled as a crew over the three weeks, particularly with among the abuse we have been getting on the street,” he mentioned.

“That basically kind of introduced us collectively as crew.

“I’ve performed that [support] function all my profession virtually, other than this race, and everybody simply dedicates themselves 100%.

“It is a huge dedication and dedication, and far appreciated clearly.”

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