Tour de France: Geraint Thomas became 'clear' Team Sky leader - Chris Froome

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Thomas will take a lead of 1 minute, 51 seconds into Sunday's final stage to Paris, which is traditionally a procession.

From his days as a former student at Cardiff's Whitechurch High School, where fellow alumnae include the former British Lions captain Sam Warburton and Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale, to today when the once young cyclist on the rise is now Tour de France champion.

It says enough that Thomas was slightly bewildered by the prospect of being labelled Wales' biggest sportsman when it was put to him. The last time I cried was when I got married.

Thomas claimed the yellow jersey by winning Stage 11 in the Alps, followed that up with another victory atop Alpe d'Huez a day later, and defended his advantage through the Pyrenees. "I don't know (about my contract)", said Thomas.

Chris Froome gained over one minute on Primoz Roglic to move up into third in general classification, while Dumoulin recorded the fastest time to secure second, as well as the stage win.

Team Sky began the race not only with Thomas and four-time champion Froome, but also 21-year-old Colombian Egan Bernal, who thwarted most of their rivals' attacks in the mountains, former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski and former Liege-Bastogne-Liege victor Wout Poels.

Thomas rolled over the line seconds later, smiling and joking with teammate, training partner and close friend Froome.

The 32-year-old Welshman, the third Briton to win the race after Froome and Bradley Wiggins, secured Team Sky's sixth victory in the race from the past seven editions.

But with his clothing sponsor based just across the Spanish border in San Sebastian, an emergency call was placed and they whipped him up a new set of the world champion's rainbow stripes in time.

Despite releasing a grovelling apology following the stage in which he apologised to Gesbert and his own team for his actions, Moscon's future at Team Sky looks to be in doubt following previous disciplinary issues and this incident at the most prestigious event on the cycling calendar.

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"When I had a wobble on that corner I thought, "chill out a bit", said Thomas.

"Nico [Portal, Team Sky sports director] told me to relax, take it easy and just make sure I won the Tour.

I was the back-up leader and if I was good, I was good and I would stay in front".

"I was full of emotion being up there on the podium".

In the end it was the Norwegian that was able to hold his power to the line to take a famous victory after struggling to beat the other sprinters during this Tour.

"It's incredible to finish second in the Tour de France".

In 2013, he broke his pelvis after crashing on the opening stage but managed to complete the race and help Froome pick up his first Tour title.

American rider Lawson Craddock, who broke his shoulder in the opening stage and sits last overall, also broke down into tears upon reaching the finish.

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.

And a year ago, after winning the opening individual time trial to become the first Welshman to wear the yellow jersey, he had to abandon the race when he crashed on stage nine and broke a collarbone.

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