– What happened? –
Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) rode into Paris in yellow to become Great Britain’s third Tour de France winner on Sunday. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) of the Netherlands was second and four-time winner Chris Froome (Team Sky), third.
Thomas, 32, moved into the overall lead on stage 11 in the Alps, and then made a successful defence of his top placing through the Pyrénées and the final time trial, won by Dumoulin.
This is Team Sky’s sixth Tour de France win in seven years, following the first by Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and the four victories for Froome in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Before 2012, no Briton had won the Tour in its 108 year history.
Thomas’ previous best placing was 15th overall in the 2015 and 2016 Tours. Thomas had an excellent start to the 2017 Tour de France, leading it from the opening time trial stage, but then crashed out in the mountains on stage nine. He first rode the Tour de France in 2007, where he finished second last.
Great Britain’s top one-day race, the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic was won in a bunch sprint by German National Champion Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe), despite an earlier crash. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) was second, while Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo) took third.
Peter Sagan (BORA-hansgrohe) continues to lead the UCI WorldTour’s individual ranking after winning the Tour de France’s points jersey for a record-equalling sixth time, along with three stages of the 2018 race.
Sagan has now amassed 2,684 points whilst Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas, the Tour de France’s outright winner, climbs into second place with 2,534. Thomas’ team-mate Chris Froome moves up to third, with 1,976 points. Quick-Step Floors continue to command the UCI WorldTour’s teams ranking. Team Sky moves up one place into second, whilst BORA-hansgrohe are in third.
– What’s next? –
Clásica Ciclista San Sebastián (ESP) > Saturday August 4th
Tour de Pologne > Saturday August 4th - Friday August 10th
– Photo of the week –
– Focus on Carlos Barbero –
Now 27, Carlos Barbero is one of Spain’s comparatively few high-profile bunch sprinters in the current peloton, and since he joined the UCI WorldTour with the Movistar Team in 2017, Barbero has continued to rack up victories. Barbero has so far secured multiple stages of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, the Vuelta Comunidad de Madrid and - for a second time - the overall classification of the Volta ao Alentejo in Portugal. Barbero has also raced regularly as a support rider in the Northern Classics. His next target will likely be victory in the opening stage of the Vuelta a Burgos, his home race, in early August: he already secured stage wins in 2015 and 2017.
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