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Geraint Thomas: Tour de France victor backs major races call

Geraint Thomas: Tour de France victor backs major races call”

Thomas, known for having a beer while watching his favorite sport of rugby union, was quick to grab a Welsh flag before he jumped on to the top step of the podium before listening to a rendition of God Save the Queen - the British national anthem. For now it's a whirlwind.

Even the expulsion of Gianni Moscon for punching a rival during Stage 15 had no effect on Sky's well-oiled machine, as the team managed by Dave Brailsford completed a fourth consecutive Grand Tour win. Besides, a four-time champion Froome took the third place.

'This could be the start for him now, he's won the Tour and it will only drive him on to do it again'.

"At his age, with the magnitude of the result, he has to take some time to absorb it". "Chris Froome learned a lot by riding alongside Bradley, he gained a lot of experience, then Geraint learned from Chris".

The 76-year-old said there could also be "a knock on effect", with the exposure from Thomas' win getting more youngsters interested in the sport - which could produce future Welsh winners in the process. "And we have young guys coming through too".

"It's unfortunate, but it's a part of it", Thomas said.

"The actual Geraint Thomas did laugh when I told him that I'd be expecting a bicycle-type Christmas present after the amount of tweets I'd been receiving". I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing. "Fair play, he's one of the strongest guys I know, mentally".

"I wouldn't put it past him to win again next year. But if I do nothing now for the rest of my career I can be happy".

David Lappartient, president of cycling's governing body, has suggested that a salary cap limiting team spending could be introduced to ensure more suspense in the future, while Tour director Christian Prudhomme would like to see a ban on power meters monitoring cyclists' watts to make the race less predictable. "It is massive for us". Froome was absolved of doping allegations days prior to the commencement of the tour; but that did not deter some fans from hurling abuses British team's riders throughout the three-week race.

"I was down to do the Vuelta, the tour of Spain, which is another three-week race, but, to be honest, I don't think that's going to happen now".



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