Tour de France: Stage 20 highlights

Kristopher Nichols
July 29, 2018

"I'm really trying not to cry".

Dumoulin won the stage by one second ahead of four-time champion Chris Froome, who leap-frogged Primoz Roglic into third place overall.

"It's just overwhelming", Thomas said.

"Everyone that knows me knows that, can't do anything else about the negativity that is around the team so I am happy, I know we all do it the right way - we work so hard and just so happy to finish the job today".

Thomas, 32, led the Tour by more than two minutes overall going into the time trial.

Quintana's win lifted him from eighth overall at 4m 23s, to fifth at 3m 30s to Thomas, whose lead on a reshuffled top order rose as a result of Froome's eighth-place finish at 1m 35s to Quintana.

"The strongest guy has won this Tour de France", Froome said.

He cemented his hold on the yellow jersey by 1:51 ahead of Dumoulin and by 2:24 over his teammate and four-time victor Froome.

Geraint Thomas has held the yellow jersey since taking stage 11 the first of his back-to-back wins in the Alps
Geraint Thomas has held the yellow jersey since taking stage 11 the first of his back-to-back wins in the Alps

"I didn't think about winning the Tour de France for the whole race and suddenly". Today I can not believe this.

"I didn't expect to have these good legs on the last day, I was struggling these last few days actually". Between them they have taken six titles in the last seven years.

It was Dumoulin's second career stage win in the Tour, having also won a time trial in 2016.

But the success of Thomas underlines the recent dominance of Team Sky and British cycling with Froome having won four of the last five Tours and Bradley Wiggins having set the ball rolling by becoming Britain's first ever Tour victor in 2012. Thomas won Olympic golds on the track in team pursuit in 2008 and 2012.

It marked the first time in 12 years the Tour passed through the Basque Country, and fans waving the region's red, green and white flags lined the entire route in front of the area's traditional half-timbered houses. "But it's fantastic to finish the Tour this way and make the final podium for the first time". "I'm 27 years old and hopefully I'll get stronger, especially in the mountains, and hopefully one day I will be able to win". But he at least salvaged a podium finish after dropping to fourth overall following Friday's last mountain stage.

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Sara, a TV presenter who has anchored the coverage of Le Tour for Welsh language channel S4C, arrived just in time to embrace her husband as he triumphantly crossed the line.

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