Thomas won the Tour de France 2018 after finishing 21 stages over the past three weeks in 83 hours 17 minutes 13 seconds. Team Sky rider was ahead 1 minute 51 seconds over Tom Dumoulin who finished second. The third position belongs to teammate Thomas and four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome.
In the last seven editions of the Tour de France, the British riders emerged as champions six times, through Sir Bradley Wiggins (2012), Froome (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017), and Thomas (2018).
“I jumped into the world of cycling because of this race I remember running home from school to watch the end of the Tour de France I always dreamed of being part of this race and it came true in 2007,” said Thomas at Champs-Elysees, Paris, Sunday (29/7/2018).
“Now I’m standing here with a yellow jersey and it’s crazy.This is amazing and a dream come true,” added the 32-year-old rider.
Of the 21 stages in the Tour de France 2018, Thomas won two stages of the climb. He grabbed the yellow jersey at the end of stage 11 and has since been unshakable at the top of the standings.
“Thomas is the strongest in the past three weeks, he has made no mistake, no one has made it difficult, including me, at the stage of the mountains or any stage,” Dumoulin told Reuters.
Thomas’s victory also thwarted Froome’s ambitions to match the record of most title winners in the Tour de France, currently held by Eddy Merckx (Belgium), Miguel Indurain (Spain), Jacques Anquetil (France) and Bernard Hinault (France) with five titles.
“The most powerful rider won the Tour de France.It’s clear from the moment we reached the Alps, Geraint is in better shape than me,” Froome said.