Thomas extends his Tour lead, Martin up to eighth

Thomas lashes out at 'idiot' fan for contact

Geraint Thomas won his first Tour de France title on Sunday, concluding his transformation from a support rider into a champion of cycling's biggest race.

Tour de France victor Great Britain's Geraint Thomas (L) wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey and classification third-placed Great Britain's Christopher Froome (R) react as they cross the finish line, on July 29, 2018.

Thomas's Team Sky teammate, Froome, was third, 2:24 behind Thomas, who would join Froome (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) and Bradley Wiggins (2012) as the only British men to win the race.

Today's results effectively end the quest by four-time defending champion Chris Froome to win a record-equalling fifth consecutive Tour de France title.

"It's a dream come true", he said.

"I know people won't believe it, but it was only on Friday night that I started to think about it", he said Saturday (via the Guardian). "I'm 27 years old and hopefully I'll get stronger, especially in the mountains, and hopefully one day I will be able to win".

On Sunday, it was now Thomas's turn to add a first Grand Tour triumph to an already glorious career with victory in the Tour de France.

The team's dominance in recent years and Froome's positive test for excessive levels of the asthma drug Salbutamol (before subsequently being cleared of any wrong-doing) fuelled the crowds' anger.

For Kristoff, this is his third stage win in the Tour de France following his double stage victory in the 2014 edition.

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"If someone told me, after such a hard Giro, that I'd win a stage at the Tour and finish second, I'd have signed".

Thomas finished third in yesterday's time trial, which was won by Team Sunweb's Dumoulin.

Froome's failure to beat Thomas also showed how hard it is to complete a Giro-Tour double, with Marco Pantani being the last man to achieve the feat in 1998 during the doping-tainted era.

"It makes me really proud and I'm glad to be a part of that". "I've been close many times before but never managed to beat the faster guys like (Mark) Cavendish, (Andre) Greipel, or (Marcel) Kittel, but today they're not here, they're out after the mountains, and today I was the fastest, so I'm super happy".

A gracious Froome said of his compatriot: "It's a dream to finish on the podium with Geraint".

Tasmanian Richie Porte, one of the overall favourites, then crashed out for a second successive year on stage nine to Roubaix and before the first of 15 sectors of cobbles with a fractured collarbone.

"I was on such a high and I had goosebumps coming on to the Champs Elysees". "We'll see. I'm not thinking about this at the moment".

"I think it is important that we think about what we can do to say thanks to Geraint for what he has done for Wales".

"I really appreciate all the support - it's been a tough Tour at times but the support has outshone any negativity and that means a lot to all of us".

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