Geraint Thomas wins Tour de France

Tour de France LIVE Updates as Geraint Thomas set to become third British winner

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Today's results effectively end the quest by four-time defending champion Chris Froome to win a record-equalling fifth consecutive Tour de France title. "Respect to him for that because it must have been hard having a team-mate getting the plaudits and wearing the [yellow] jersey sat on the bus next to him".

"Now I am here in the yellow jersey it's just insane".

"It's just been an incredible year and I've been riding the crest of a wave".

"It won't really sink in probably for a few months". Right now it's like a whirlwind.

"I seem to be floating around on cloud nine".

Thomas' official race time was 83 hours 17 minutes and 13 seconds.

Thomas was just three seconds off yellow after Team Sky finished the team time trial second to BMC, whose Greg Van Avermaet took the race lead.

The year after, he broke his pelvis in the first stage of the Tour but ground his teeth throughout to help Froome secure his first title.

"Anything can happen on a grand tour; especially with me", Thomas joked on Saturday.

"My wife Michelle is expecting a baby any day now, so I'm going to be home tomorrow and hopefully have some down time with the family".

Thomas, who won back-to-back stages in the Alps before sealing victory with a third-place finish in the penultimate stage time trial on Saturday, took a 1min 51sec lead over Dumoulin into the 21st stage from Houilles to the French capital.

"He is a true fighter, " says Sky principal Dave Brailsford, the man who masterminded Britain's successes at the Olympics and Tour de France wins for Bradley Wiggins and Froome.

"I went to his wedding, so I think we're mates", South African champion Daryl Impey told reporters.

Despite releasing a grovelling apology following the stage in which he apologised to Gesbert and his own team for his actions, Moscon's future at Team Sky looks to be in doubt following previous disciplinary issues and this incident at the most prestigious event on the cycling calendar.

Former ski jumper Roglic tried to drop Thomas several times in the last climb up to the Col d'Aubisque but the Team Sky rider kept his composure and controlled the situation throughout.

Thomas, who was cheered during the podium ceremony, also had a message for riders aged 5-18 at the Maindy Flyers Cycling Club in Wales. "As a kid I dreamt of being in this race. Don't let anything hold you back", he told them. "You will have ups and downs - but believe anything is possible".

"Now he's being repaid for all the years of hard work and sacrifice he made for the team".

Thomas and Froome focused on bike racing over the past three weeks, making no mistakes and being well protected by the strongest team in the field. "Legend is over used but I think he's one of the best stage race riders around". That left the team trying to salvage its Tour by chasing stage wins, which did not eventuate either, despite efforts to get in breaks.

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