Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Thomas clinches Criterium du Dauphine

Thomas clinches Criterium du Dauphine

The Astana rider completed the route, which started in Frontenex, in a time of 3:34:11.

Geraint Thomas says winning the 2018 Criterium du Dauphine is the finest result of his career on the road.

Thomas held off Briton Adam Yates, victor of the concluding seventh stage, with France's Romain Bardet taking third in the overall standings.

Thomas now holds an overall lead of one minute and 29 seconds in the general classification - with one stage remaining - ahead of England's Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), who finished fifth on the day.

"I was counting down the kilometres on the last climb and knew I had about 1'20" to lose to Adam Yates so, as each kilometre went by, I was more confident and happy. It's a massive race and it's an incredible feeling.

"I can rest a little bit now and wait for July".

Thomas clinches Criterium du Dauphine

Thomas's Italian Sky team-mate Gianni Moscon is third overall on the same time as Caruso.

"It was a hard stage, especially back to back with yesterday's, which was hard too".

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

The 32-year-old Thomas, victor of Paris-Nice in 2016, is coming into form at just the right time with the Tour de France a month away. "I'm more anxious about my form for the Tour de France".

Thomas then launched a spectacular bid to catch Martin and only French hope Romain Bardet was able to follow.

He said it was learning from the previous days that helped him take victory on St Gervais Mont Blanc, delaying his attack to claim the stage win. Pierre Rolland (FRA) Team EF Education First - +41 Drapac p/b Cannondale Overall leaders 1.

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