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TOPIC: CYCLING - GERAINT THOMAS BECOMES FIRST EVER WELSHMAN TO WIN TDF

CYCLING - GERAINT THOMAS BECOMES FIRST EVER WELSHMAN TO WIN TDF 29 Jul 2018 20:29 #9531

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After winning two stages in the Alps, Thomas held onto the Yellow jersey all the way to Paris. Previous winner and teammate Chris Froome finished third and joined the modest man from South Wales on the podium showing once again the enduring dominance of Team Sky over the race during the last several years.

I have seen Thomas have some really bad luck in the Tour de France. I often wondered what he could do given a clean run at it and this result isn't as much a surprise to me as what some are making out. Whilst the winning margin might seem slightly comfortable, the nearest threat a couple of minutes down, Dutch rider Tom Doumolin was often in close proximity throughout the race keeping the contest alive over the three weeks but was ultimately unable to shift the 2018 winner from what was a very strong and steady overall victory.

The obvious question is, does this represent the greatest ever sporting achievement from Wales? I found it very interesting to see many Breton flags out in support - there are clearly very strong links between the two places one being the flags are both green, white and red.

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CYCLING - GERAINT THOMAS BECOMES FIRST EVER WELSHMAN TO WIN TDF 30 Jul 2018 08:02 #9532

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Not been following the TDF, But a Buddy of mine follows it, was getting Texts from him yesterday about Geraint Thomas and admit I had no idea what he was on about.
Now I know, Well don to Geraint, for winning for Wales.
As for greatest ever sporting achievement from Wales?; I suspect that would be in Rugby Union, We also have some Welsh Players in The Premier League,
And some winning Swimmers, Will have to do a Google for names & Events.
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CYCLING - GERAINT THOMAS BECOMES FIRST EVER WELSHMAN TO WIN TDF 31 Jul 2018 20:23 #9555

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I agree the achievements in rugby will take some time to be eclipsed by any other sport in Wales. It might be more relevant to look at the British dominance over world cycling. Reardon and Griffiths also won a few snooker tournaments between them.
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CYCLING - GERAINT THOMAS BECOMES FIRST EVER WELSHMAN TO WIN TDF 01 Aug 2018 08:32 #9557

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Such a gruelling race which takes some doing. But great to see a nice lad winning for Wales and team Sky and possibly a fresh start after the drug stories behind previous winners, even though they were never really justified.
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