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Welsh cyclists help Chris Froome to Tour de France victory

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Welsh cyclists Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe helped Chris Froome to victory in the final stage of the Tour de France.

Cardiff's Geraint Thomas finished in 15th place after falling from fourth in the 19th stage of the race.

Chris Froome won the Tour de France for a second time after a ceremonial final stage in Paris.

Froome's defence of the 2013 title ended with a broken hand and fractured wrist 12 months ago, but the Team Sky leader responded to win the 102nd Tour by one minute 12 seconds from Nairo Quintana.

Andre Greipel won the 21st and final stage on the Champs-Elysees - his fourth stage success of the race - as Mark Cavendish was squeezed out of contention.

A crash in the final kilometre fractured the peloton and Froome's Team Sky squad rolled over the line together to celebrate a third Tour title for the British squad in four years.

After the victory, Froome thanked his eight team-mates including Thomas, who rode alongside Froome through crosswinds, across the cobbles and up mountains.

The 29-year-old from Cardiff was fourth until Friday's 19th stage to La Toussuire, where his efforts took their toll, but he hopes to lead Team Sky in a Grand Tour in future.

Thomas, who finished 15th, said: "It's certainly given me a lot of confidence and encouragement for the future, and I'm really looking forward to it."

Thomas in push for a podium place

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Welshman Geraint Thomas is entering the final stages of the Tour de France hoping for a podium place as he continues to support race leader Chris Froome.

The Cardiff cyclist is still in fourth

Meanwhile Froome returns to the scene of his attack on Sir Bradley Wiggins hoping to move a step closer to a second Tour de France title.

The 30-year-old Team Sky leader must survive two days in the Alps to claim a second yellow jersey after his win in 2013 and exit following three crashes in two days 12 months ago.


Geraint Thomas jokes with reporters after Tour de France crash

Geraint Thomas told reporters "a nice Frenchman" helped him out of a ditch after his crash in Stage 16 of the Tour de France.

He added he'd lost his glasses in the collision.

Thomas told reporters he'd lost his glasses in the crash Credit: ITV Sport

Later on, Thomas said: "Everyone knows it's a dodgy descent, I just got taken out. One hundred per cent it was a mistake.

"We were just coming into a tight right, Barguil just came straight into me. Nothing you can do there."


Luke Rowe 'over the moon' at Tour selection

Welsh cyclist Luke Rowe says he is 'over the moon' at being named in Team Sky's Tour de France line-up.

He competes alongside fellow Welshman Geraint Thomas.

Luke will line up alongside Chris Froome, Richie Porte, Leopold Konig, Pete Kennaugh, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Wout Poels & Nicolas Roche in the Tour, which gets underway in July.

Welsh cyclists named in Tour de France squad

Geraint Thomas has been named in the squad alongside fellow Welsh cyclist Luke Rowe Credit: PA

Welsh cyclists Geraint Thomas and Luke Rowe have been named in Team Sky's Tour de France squad.

They have been named in a team of 9 cyclists, including former Tour de France winner, Chris Froome.

The race which is one of the most prestigious cycling events, will take place in July.

The full team is as follows: Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard, Wout Poels, Nico Roche, Leopold Konig, Pete Kennaugh, Luke Rowe, Richie Porte.

Geraint Thomas rides strongly in Stage 2

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas rode strongly at the front of the peloton on day two of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, helping Team Sky leader Chris Froome stay out of trouble.

Geraint Thomas (second position) was often near the front of the race, between York and Sheffield. Credit: PA

Thomas, 25, finished safely in the pack, and is 22nd in the overall classification going into Stage 3, between Cambridge and London.

Watch highlights of Stage 2 on ITV4 at 7pm this evening

Tour de France Day 1: Geraint Thomas finishes 17th

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas has finished 17th on the first day of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Team Sky leader Chris Froome came in 6th, while Mark Cavendish crashed near to the finish line.

This is the fifth tour for the two-time Olympic gold medallist from Cardiff.

Watch highlights of Stage 1 on ITV4 at 7pm this evening

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