Relief for Thomas who revels in Criterium du Dauphine win

Tanya Simon
June 13, 2018

Geraint Thomas has extended his lead at the Criterium du Dauphine cycling race in France, after finishing second behind stage six victor Pello Bilbao on Saturday's penultimate day of racing.

Mitchelton-Scott's Briton Adam Yates was 26 seconds behind the stage victor in fifth.

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

Baudet and Martin, third and fourth in the overall standings respectively, were unable to stay with Thomas, who broke clear of their small group 500 metres from the line.

"Without the boys here I would not have won the Dauphine".

And Yates' second place ensured the first ever British one-two in the race, with his second win on the WorldTour in 2018 confirming both he and the Welshman will head to the Tour de France in top form.

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"I think these four days are the hardest four days I've raced in a one-week stage race", said Thomas.

A late flurry saw him claim third on the day, nine seconds behind Yates, and third overall but Thomas crossed the line ten seconds later to earn the second UCI WorldTour stage race win of his career after Paris-Nice 2016.

"From the start of the year I said I wanted to get there [the Tour de France] in the best shape possible and I'm on course for that".

Thomas becomes the fifth British victor of the Criterium du Dauphine, after Brian Robinson, Robert Millar, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

"Each kilometre I was more confident and happier". Emanuel Buchmann (GER) BORA - hansgrohe +14 5. Daniel Martin (IRL) UAE Team Emirates +24 7. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 09, 4. Adam Yates (GBR/MIT) at 1:29, 3. Pierre Latour (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale +35 10.

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