Tour de France 2018: Geraint Thomas rides toward triumph in Paris

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Geraint Thomas described his Tour de France victory as the "stuff of dreams" after today becoming the third Briton to win the race in the past seven years.

Thomas' nearest challenger Tom Dumoulin claimed victory in the time trial, crossing the line 14 seconds quicker than the Welshman in a time of 40min 52sec.

Dumoulin beat defending champion Chris Froome by one second to win stage 20, a race against the clock from Saint-Pee-Sur-Nivelle to Espelette spanning 31km.

Thomas, 32, was able to enjoy the procession into Paris with tradition dictating that the Yellow Jersey not be attacked on the final stage.

Thomas began the Tour expecting to help four-time victor and teammate Chris Froome bid for a record-equalling fifth victory.

"The only thing I can focus on in the time trial is myself", added Roglic. "Normally that stage is really hard but today I just seemed to float around it".

"It wasn't like I had to work for him as a domestique".

Martin finished in the same time as Thomas but missed out a time bonus himself with Romain Bardet edging out the Irish cyclist for third place.

"It doesn't feel like anything I have experienced". I tried not to think about it, just take it day by day.

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Irishman Dan Martin shipped more than two minutes in the time trial, but the UAE Team Emirates rider - named the most combative in the Tour overall - did enough to protect his top 10 place as he is set to finish eighth overall.

This is the ninth Tour for the rider, who first rode it in 2007, when he finished 140th of 141 finishers.

He was second after stage nine and took hold of the race leader's yellow jersey on stage 11.

"I guess it (helped)", he said of Froome's time loss. "Nico was on the radio and told me to make sure I win the Tour, don't risk anything". The former three-time world champion did not disappoint, winning three stages in total and - after seeing a slew of rivals like Cavendish, Marcel Kittel and Andre Greipel fail to get past the mountain stages - battling through a tough four days in the Pyrenees, where he crashed, to seal the jersey.

Repeatedly using the word "overwhelming", Geraint Thomas struggled to describe the feeling that he appeared to have wrapped up a Tour de France victory the day before the race ends in Paris.

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

The significance of Chris Froome's short excursion in to a field less than six kilometres from the finish of the opening stage was not immediately apparent - and certainly did nothing to change Team Sky's insistence that he remained the team leader.

Slovakia's Peter Sagan was unable to round off another fine Tour with a sprint victory, but sealed his record-equaling sixth Green Jersey, while French honor was upheld by Julian Alaphilippe, who won two stages to clinch the Polka Dot jersey for King of the Mountains.

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