Category: Tour de France 2018

Geraint Thomas’s Tour de France trophy stolen from cycling show

• Trophy left unattended at NEC in Birmingham
• Thomas: ‘Hopefully they will have the grace to return it’

Geraint Thomas has appealed for the return of his Tour de France trophy after it was stolen during a cycle show in Birmingham.

The trophy, which was on loan to a bike manufacturer, was taken when it was left unattended last month at the city’s National Exhibition Centre but the theft was revealed to the public only on Thursday.

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Geraint Thomas eager to enjoy Tour of Britain after whirlwind month

• Tour de France winner plays down chances of winning race
• ‘I’ve not done much in the last month, I’m knackered’

Geraint Thomas is apparently on the point of signing a new contract with Team Sky but is unlikely to take any decision over whether or not he claims team leadership in defending his Tour de France title until November at the earliest, the Welshman said as he prepared to take on the eight-day Tour of Britain, which will probably be his final challenge of the season.

“I haven’t signed with Sky yet but we are pretty close, I’m happy in the team and it has worked well for me I think,” he said. “I’m not thinking about next year too much. Come November we will sit down and see the routes for the different races, the Giro and Tour, make a plan and go from there.”

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Team Sky’s Gianni Moscon escapes sack over Tour de France incident

  • UCI gives Moscon five-week suspension for Gespert incident
  • Team Sky ‘confident he has learnt from this episode’

Gianni Moscon has been handed a five-week suspension from the UCI after he was thrown out of the Tour de France for trying to punch another rider – but he will keep his job at Team Sky.

Moscon, 24, was disqualified following an incident that occurred in the opening kilometre during stage 15 of the Tour de France from Millau to Carcassone. Video footage showed Moscon raising his fist to the French rider Élie Gesbert and the race commissaires said the Italian had been disqualified for “particularly serious aggression”.

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Lawson Craddock wears Tour’s red lantern as badge of courage

The American rider may have come last in the Tour de France but his grit and persistence in carrying on after a dreadful first-stage crash made it a triumph of sporting endeavour

You might not instantly recognise Lawson Craddock’s name, but an image of his face after a crash on the first stage of the Tour de France went viral: his left eye smashed up, a thick curd of blood spread along his cheeks, the grimace that of a cavalryman who fears his battle is done. Only it wasn’t. Despite also fracturing his scapula, he soldiered on for three more weeks. And, when he crossed the finish line in Paris last week, he had somehow become the most unlikeliest of history makers.

Most sport is binary. We talk about winners and losers, and not much in between. But Craddock’s travails in becoming the first rider in the Tour’s 115-year existence to occupy last position during all 21 stages of the race were a sharp reminder that there is glory in struggle, and savage defeat. During the Tour’s final week I saw him before the start of some stages. Often he clambered on to his bike with all the grace of an arthritic attempting ballet for the first time. Yet somehow he survived.

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Tour de France: French media call for salary cap to curb Team Sky dominance

• Winner Geraint Thomas’s team have twice budget of Sunweb
• Fans and public said to view Tour with ‘disillusioned anger’

Geraint Thomas has been hailed as “Le Prince de Galles” and “Le cyclist next door” by French papers after winning his first Tour de France. But as the 32-year-old arrived back in Britain following a heavy night of celebrations, there were growing calls for Team Sky’s dominance to be curbed.

Thomas admitted that his victory had “all come together like a dream” and said he had received calls from Arsène Wenger and Elton John, as well as a video message from Thierry Henry. An open-top bus parade is also planned in Wales, although Thomas’s next appointment will be a criterium in Belgium on Tuesday evening.

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Will Geraint Thomas’s Tour de France win spark thirst for more success?

Thomas could follow in Chris Froome’s footsteps with repeated Tour de France wins or will he focus on other targets?

With a first Tour de France win out of the way, Geraint Thomas will show us in the next few months whether he is a ticker or an accumulator. Some athletes tend to achieve a single goal – ticking a particular box – then move on to something else, the best recent example at the Tour being Sir Bradley Wiggins who won the yellow jersey, then added a world time trial title, an Hour Record, an attempt at a one-day Classic, and finally one last Olympic gold medal. Accumulators have an appetite for repeating their feats, troubling the record books as they do so, the obvious current model being Chris Froome.

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Team Sky’s riders who propelled Geraint Thomas to Tour de France win

A dedicated team effort helped propel the Welshman to the Tour title, with a mix of mountain grind, chasing tenacity as well as a potential glimpse of a future Grand Tour champion

Signed from Movistar, where he helped Nairo Quintana in the Tour de France in 2015 and 2017, and had already played an important role in Team Sky in helping Geraint Thomas win the Critérium du Dauphiné in June. If anything his efforts in the Tour were even more impressive: lending Froome his wheel when he had puncture on stage 10 and helping Thomas win up the Alpe d’Huez by providing much of the grunt work on the climb up. Also valuable in the Pyrenees – when Mikel Landa broke away up the Tournalet on stage 19 and came to being within 80 seconds on virtual classification, it was the Italian who did much of the work to chase him down.

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Geraint Thomas: Tour de France support has outshone negativity – video

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas says the fan support has outshone any negativity around the race following his Tour de France triumph over the weekend, saying he couldn’t believe how positive the reaction was towards his win, even ‘random people crying that have never met me.’ The Team Sky rider says he now has the ‘taste’ for more grand tour success.

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Cardiff praises local boy Geraint Thomas after Tour de France win

Members of champion’s former cycling club, friends and fans gathered to cheer his victory

The sky was grey and streams of water ran down the Maindy Flyers cycle track, where Geraint Thomas first learned to ride competitively 23 years ago. But the sodden children and parents from Thomas’s old club in Cardiff were, for the most part, buzzing with excitement as they gathered in their yellow and blue jerseys to celebrate the first Welshman and only the third British rider ever to win the Tour de France.

“It’s amazing, particularly because he came from the club,” said Sarah Tregear, whose children both cycle with the club. “We did look at flights to Paris last night, but for the children there’s no better place to be than here.”

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Tour de France victory has given Geraint Thomas desire for more big wins

• ‘It’s insane – I’ve certainly got the taste for it,’ says Welshman
• Next month’s Vuelta a España likely to be a step too far

Geraint Thomas says his first Tour de France victory has given him a “taste” for more grand tour successes – although he appears unlikely to tackle the Vuelta a España despite being pencilled in for next month’s race.

The 32-year-old could barely contain his excitement after crossing the line, draping the Welsh flag around his shoulders on the podium and calling it the best day of his life after his marriage to his wife Sara.

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