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Geraint Thomas leads Tour Down Under

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas is still in the lead of the Tour Down Under, with two stages of the race to go. The Cardiff rider is five seconds ahead of his nearest challenger, after four stages of the race in Australia.

Geraint Thomas
Thomas has continued his success - on the track and on the road Credit: John Giles/PA Archive/Press Association Images

He won his second Olympic gold medal in the veledrome in the summer. He rides on the road for Team Sky.

'It was a stressful day as there was a bit of wind and I think everyone was thinking about the potential cross-wind sections', he said. 'The boys were great. We stayed near the front with about 10 kilometres to go and they kept me out of trouble.'

Cardiff post box painted gold for Geraint

This Royal Mail post box on Castle Street has been painted from red to gold to celebrate the cyclist's success Credit: Royal Mail

More gold for Geraint - but this time not a medal.

Following Team GB's success in the men's team pursuit yesterday, this post box in Geraint Thomas' hometown of Cardiff has been painted gold in his honour.

Three of the Royal Mail's historic red post boxes have been painted gold Credit: ITV News Wales

The post box is situated opposite Cardiff Castle.

A post box will also be painted in Huddersfield for fellow cyclists Ed Clancy and in Colne, Lancashire, for Steven Burke.

Meanwhile the Isle of Man Post Office, which is independent of the Royal Mail network, will be making its own arrangements to paint a post box gold for its gold-medal-winning resident Peter Kennaugh.

The four have also been commemorated on a special Royal Mail postage stamp.

Gold medal stamp
Credit: Royal Mail


Gold medal stamp for Geraint Thomas cycling win

The stamp is being printed overnight to celebrate the cyclists' gold medal win Credit: Royal Mail

Cardiff cyclist Geraint Thomas will have his picture on a special first class stamp after he helped Great Britain to a win in the men's team pursuit.

The gold medal stamp is being printed overnight and will be on sale in over 500 UK Post Office branches from around lunchtime tomorrow, including Geraint’s hometown of Cardiff.

Geraint's team mates Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh also feature.

Geraint grabs gold

Men's Great Britain Team Pursuit
Geraint Thomas grabs gold with his team mates in the Team Pursuit at London 2012 Credit: John Giles/PA Wire/PA Images

Geraint Thomas has become the first Welsh athlete to grab a gold medal at the London Games when the Cardiff cyclist helped his colleagues win the men's Team Pursuit.

It meant he successfully defended the title which he won in Beijing four years ago.

Thomas and his team mates recorded a record-breaking winning time of 3 mins 51.659 seconds to secure a finish at the top of the podium.

The four set a new world record while racing Australia.

Earlier, the Great Britain team had sailed through their semi final, with a time of 3 minutes 52.743 seconds - the second fastest time in history.



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