Criterium du Dauphine 2018 : Stage 7 As It Happened

Briton Thomas takes Dauphine lead as Ireland's Martin wins stage

Thomas becomes the fifth British victor of the Criterium du Dauphine, after Brian Robinson, Robert Millar, Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

The Astana rider completed the route, which started in Frontenex, in a time of 3:34:11.

Two ill-timed punctures meant the final stage was far from straightforward for the Team Sky man, but he was quick to hail the work of his team-mates in securing the second WorldTour stage race win of his career after Paris-Nice 2016.

Briton Thomas takes Dauphine lead as Ireland's Martin wins stage

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas has won the 70th Criterium du Dauphine in France by exactly one minute.

Thomas now holds an overall lead of one minute and 29 seconds in the general classification - with one stage remaining - ahead of England's Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), who finished fifth on the day. "I explained to Geraint that of course, we're riding hard to win the stage".

"Without the boys here I would not have won the Dauphine. 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.

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And Yates' second place ensured the first ever British one-two in the race, with his second win on the WorldTour in 2018 confirming both he and the Welshman will head to the Tour de France in top form.

"Each kilometre I was more confident and happier". "They're super hard climbing stages and even harder over the weekend".

England's Adam Yates, who's twin Simon wore the pink jersey at the Giro d'Italia for 13 stages in May, was third on the day at 15 seconds.

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

Sir Bradley Wiggins won the race for a second time in 2012 before going on to become the first British victor of the Tour, while Froome has won it on four occasions, each time going on to claim the yellow jersey in Paris. Pierre Rolland (FRA) Team EF Education First - +41 Drapac p/b Cannondale Overall leaders 1.

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