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

Heather Diaz
June 13, 2018

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.

"Throughout the race I was never thinking about the end result, it was always about the next day or the next climb".

Team Sky's Thomas came home 21 seconds behind Spain's Bilbao (Astana), who staged a heroic solo effort 12 kilometres from the finish to triumph.

Dan Martin's resurgence at Critérium du Dauphiné continued with a third-place finish on Saturday's penultimate day of racing that sees the Irish cyclist two and a half minutes down on leader Geraint Thomas.

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.

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"With Froome winning the Giro, especially in the fashion he did, and myself coming away with the Dauphine, it's all on course for hopefully having a great July", Thomas told BBC Sport Wales.

"I made a good recovery though and I'm in good shape, ready for the next training block ahead of the Tour". It's super hard and anything can happen but so far so good. Cycling's governing body, the UCI, are still investigating with Froome denying any wrongdoing. It's a massive race and it's an incredible feeling. The guys rode really well for me.

"Hopefully the authorities can just get their act together and have a decision, but I've got 100 per cent faith in him".

"So hopefully we can get all that sorted before the Tour de France".

Thomas now leads Yates by 1:29 in the overall standings.

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