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Team Sky's Geraint Thomas eyes more Grand Tour success after Tour de France win

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Geraint Thomas has his eye on further Grand Tour glory after sealing victory in the Tour de France.

Thomas crossed the line in Paris on Sunday night to seal victory by one minute and 51 seconds from Team Sunweb's Tom Dumoulin, with his Sky team-mate Chris Froome third.

Thomas became the third Briton to win the Tour following Sir Bradley Wiggins and Froome, with the trio having won six of the last seven editions between them, all in Sky colours.

The 32-year-old said winning cycling's biggest road race was a better feeling than his two Olympic gold medals in the team pursuit - and now he wants more.

"I've certainly got the taste for it," he said. "This year I've really enjoyed racing for stages and being aggressive. Racing on instinct almost."

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Where his next race might come remains to be seen. Thomas was originally pencilled in to ride La Vuelta in September, but that seems less likely after his Tour triumph.

Any decisions about next season - when Sky may find themselves picking between Froome's ambitions for a record-equalling fifth Tour crown and Thomas' status as defending champion - are for the future.

"I haven't thought about that yet," Thomas said. "At the moment I just want to enjoy this."

Standing on the podium in Paris, Thomas was quick to thank Froome, who rode in support of the Welshman once he realised his own ambitions of a record-equalling fifth Tour title were beyond him.

Tales of acrimonious leadership battles in cycling are legion - not least involving Wiggins and Froome - but Thomas never seemed to have an issue with the four-time Tour winner.

Thomas was quick to thank teammate Chris Froome. Credit: AP

"Big respect to Froomey," he said in his victory speech on the Champs-Elysees. "It could have got awkward, there could have been tensions, but mate you were a great champion."

The pair had crossed the line arm-in-arm at the end of the 116km final stage from Houilles, during which Thomas enjoyed all the traditions of the last day of the Tour, clinking champagne glasses with team-mates and posing for pictures.

The 32-year-old is a two-time Olympic champion on the track, but as he stood on the podium on the Champs-Elysees he recalled memories of watching the Tour as a youngster.

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"I got into cycling because of this race," he said. "I remember running home from school to be a part of it, and now I am here stood in the yellow jersey. It's insane."

At the end of a disjointed speech, during which the overwhelmed Thomas struggled to remember the names of his team-mates and almost forgot to thank his wife, Thomas finished with a mic drop.

"Kids, you will have knocks and downs but believe anything is possible," he said. "With hard work it can can come off. Thank you very much and vive le Tour."

Thomas effectively sealed victory in Saturday's time trial. Credit: AP

Thomas had worn the yellow jersey since victory in La Rosiere on stage 11.

In a race that saw several contenders lose time to mishaps, Thomas stayed out of trouble and was able to stamp his authority on the race more and more as it went on, while Froome had been put on the back foot from the opening stage when a late excursion into a field cost him 51 seconds.

Thomas got to savour the rewards on Sunday - and he has plans for plenty more of the same.

"I'm going to have a big party for a couple of weeks," he said. "Maybe even a month."

Thomas rode like a man who knew this was his best chance, perhaps his only chance, to win the Tour, and one he was not going to let get away.

He once said he never wanted to end up sitting in a Cardiff pub wondering what might have been, and now never will.

"It would be nice (to win more Grand Tours)," he said. "But if I do nothing now for the rest of my career I can be happy."

  • Geraint Thomas' Tour de France journey in pictures
Geraint Thomas steps down from the podium after being crowned Tour de France winner. Credit: PA
The reigning champion in yellow with French Pierre Latour of AG2R La Mondiale wearing the white jersey for the best young rider, French Julian Alaphilippe of Quick-Step Floors wearing the red polka-dot jersey for best climber and Slovak Peter Sagan of Bora-Hansgrohe wearing the green jersey.
Dutch Tom Dumoulin of Team Sunweb, British Geraint Thomas of Team Sky wearing the yellow jersey of overall leader, with a Welsh flag over his shoulders and British Chris Froome of Team Sky. Credit: PA
Geraint Thomas with wife Sara Elen Thomas after he crosses the finish line. Credit: PA
Geraint Thomas in an emotional hug with wife, Sara Elen Thomas. Credit: PA
Drinking champagne during the 21st and last stage of the 105th edition of the Tour de France Credit: PA
At the start of the 18th stage of the Tour de France. Credit: PA
Geraint Thomas and team mate Chris Froome speeding down Col de Val Louron-Azet pass during the seventeenth stage. Credit: AP
Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas peddling through the 14th stage from from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Mende, France Credit: PA