Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Thomas extends Criterium de Dauphine lead

Thomas extends Criterium de Dauphine lead

Team Sky also won the team event, finishing seven minutes, 18 seconds ahead of UAE Team Emirates.

"It's incredible, it hasn't sunk in yet", Thomas said of the victory.

Team Sky's Thomas suffered two punctures during the 136km stage from Moutiers to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, but took a wheel from a teammate on the second occasion and was paced back to the peloton by Michal Kwiatkowski and Dylan van Baarle.

Thomas extends Criterium de Dauphine lead
Thomas extends Criterium de Dauphine lead

Thomas added to ITV: "I always felt in control, I always felt pretty good, but I didn't want to get too carried away (on the final climb)".

"Ive been feeling good all year", the Irishman said after the race. I had to chase back on.

"I'm just going to enjoy this win now, rest up and recover and look forward to July". The guys rode really well for me.

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He follows fellow former British winners Brian Robinson, Robert Millar, Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome in to the history books.

Baudet and Martin, third and fourth in the overall standings respectively, were unable to stay with Thomas, who broke clear of their small group 500 metres from the line.

Yates said: "The Tour de France has been my main goal for the whole season".

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It gave them a 19 second lead over Team Sunweb and a 27 second advantage over Quick-Step Floors. I get to ride the races I want and I am a leader in majority.

Adam Yates was extremely happy to win the stage after a hard week of racing.

Ireland and UAE Team Emirates' Daniel Martin, the victor of stage five yesterday, was a further two seconds back in third after outsprinting France's Ag2r La Mondiale contender Romain Bardet. Pierre Rolland (FRA) Team EF Education First - +41 Drapac p/b Cannondale Overall leaders 1.

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