Geraint Thomas puncture prompts verbal bust-up involving Team Sky and AG2R

Rex Christensen
June 13, 2018

Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas with a trophy after winning the Criterium du Dauphine.

An 18.3km team time trial in Frauenfeld also took place today to mark the start of the Tour de Suisse, another World Tour event.

Thomas extended his lead at the Criterium du Dauphine after finishing second behind stage six victor Pello Bilbao, but Martin put in another fine showing with one day of racing to come.

Mitchelton-Scott's Briton Adam Yates was 26 seconds behind the stage victor in fifth.

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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)". It's a massive race and it's an incredible feeling. "Recovery went well and I knew in the final I needed to wait a bit, the past few days I went too early and I needed to wait, wait, wait, bide my time and kick for the line", he said.

The race is a good indicator of form heading into the Tour de France, which takes place from 7-29 July.

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"It was a hard stage, especially back to back with yesterday's, which was hard too".

A late flurry saw him claim third on the day, nine seconds behind Yates, and third overall but Thomas crossed the line ten seconds later to earn the second UCI WorldTour stage race win of his career after Paris-Nice 2016.

Thomas now leads by 1min 29sec in the overall standings as he seeks to continue British and Team Sky success at the week-long race.

"It's been a learning process starting in a new team so getting this win for UAE is great", he said.

But it did give Thomas the chance to lead Team Sky.

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

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