Welsh cyclist makes history

20 July 2018, 09:05

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas became the first Briton to win a stage of the Tour de France on Alpe d'Huez.

The Welshman won in an uphill sprint from Team Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin and AG2R La Mondiale's Romain Bardet, with his Sky team-mate Chris Froome fourth after being struck by one fan and apparently spat at by another on the Alpe.

Thomas also became the first man to win in Alpe d'Huez in yellow - with Lance Armstring's 2004 time trial victory expunged from the record books - and the first rider to win back-to-back mountain stages on the Tour since Swiss Toni Rominger in 1993 after victory in La Rosiere on Wednesday.

"It's cloud nine, mate," Thomas said. "I cannot believe it, it's just insane.

"Not even in my wildest dreams did I think I would win on here. It's one of those things that will stay with me for the rest of my life."

With bonus seconds applied, Thomas extended his lead in yellow over Froome by 14 seconds to one minute 39 seconds, but insisted the four-time Tour winner remained Team Sky's leader in the race.

"Like I said yesterday, I'm still riding for Froomey," Thomas said. "Froomey is still the man. He knows how to ride for three weeks. Legend gets used way too much but he's probably the best ever so I'm just going to enjoy this."

Dumoulin is third overall, one minute 50 seconds behind Thomas, with Nibali fourth at two minutes 37 seconds.

With some flatter days to come, Thomas could enjoy a few more days in the leader's jersey to come.

"I just want to enjoy tomorrow," he said. "It was a bit too hard to enjoy today."