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"To wrap up his victory speech, Thomas exclaimed 'Vive le Tour!" before dropping the mic in style, which went down a storm with his fans. I'll say: "Chris Froome". "The last time I cried is when I got married".

"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).

"The strongest rider won the Tour de France", Froome said.

"Well done Geraint Thomas, all of Wales is hugely proud of you on this magnificent win".

While Dumoulin is the time trial world champion, Thomas is quite capable in the discipline and acknowledged he should be able to protect his advantage.

However, he eased off in the closing stages, after a word on his race radio from Team Sky sporting director Nico Portal. But he was flying downhill, and eventually I got dropped on a straight part just because he was on his tube and full in the slipstream of the motorbike, " Dumoulin said. Chris still wants to win.

"He came to me the day he had a bad day and he seemed genuinely happy for me and pleased", he continued. "I was the back-up leader and if I was good, I was good and I would stay in front". "To finally get a victory is huge, and a relief, because I was fearing I would only get the two victories". According to Ellingworth, that victory ahead of two-time Tour de France victor Alberto Contador was a turning point.

He is also the first Dutchman in 30 years to finish second at the Tour.

Thomas (Sky) realised his potential as a Grand Tour contender in a flawless performance at the 105 edition in which he was the strongest rider in the strongest team across an attacking race. 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. His previous Tours have not been without incident; in 2013 the rider broke his pelvis, and a year ago had to abandon the race after breaking his collarbone. It was all about the next stage, or the next descent. In total he picked up 33 bonus seconds, 20 of them from his two stage wins, with the rest coming through bonus sprints or lower placings.

He picked up the Yellow Jersey on stage 11 before cruising to victory on the Alpe d'Huez in the next stage to really take control of the race.

In 2014, which started in Yorkshire, he ended up being the only Briton to finish the Tour, in 22nd, after Mark Cavendish crashed out on stage one and Froome pulled out on stage five.

"When there is negativity like that, it brings us as a team closer together", Froome said.

Though he had led Froome by more than a minute and a half after his victory on stage 12 to Alpe d'Huez, Thomas revealed he was only fully handed the leadership of the team after the four-time victor faltered on stage 17 to fall even further back just days before Paris.