Geraint Thomas becomes first British rider to win Tour de Suisse

Otto I. Eovaldi
Geraint Thomas has won the Tour de Suisse (Eddy Risch/AP/PA) (AP)

Geraint Thomas has won the Tour de Suisse (Eddy Risch/AP/PA) (AP)

Welshman Geraint Thomas became the initial British winner of the Tour de Suisse immediately after finishing 2nd in the particular person time trial in Vaduz on Sunday.

The 36-yr-previous Ineos Grenadiers rider concluded the closing phase of Switzerland’s largest road race 3 seconds slower than Remco Evenepoel but it was sufficient to declare the in general victory.

Thomas began the ultimate phase two seconds powering chief Sergio Higuita, from Colombia, immediately after finishing fifth on the penultimate phase, but the 2018 Tour de France winner scorched all over the 25.6km course on Sunday to assert the spoils.

Higuita managed to limit his losses adequately to get second overall, 1:12 behind Thomas and 4 seconds forward of Jakob Fuglsang.

Neilson Powless withstood a late bike transform to secure fourth spot in the normal classification, though Stefan Kung moved up to fifth in general thanks his third-position end in the time trial.

The Tour de Suisse, a single of the last major warm-up races for the Tour de France, has been hit by Covid withdrawals, such as Britain’s Olympic mountain bike winner Tom Pidcock and his Ineos workforce-mate Adam Yates.

Thomas posted on Twitter right after his victory: “Don’t consider lots of were being anticipating that.

“Delighted to lastly earn Tour de Suisse. Massive many thanks to the boys and the team for all of their do the job this 7 days.”

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