Thomas takes Dauphine lead as Martin wins stage

Thomas takes Dauphine lead as Martin wins stage

Thomas sealed overall victory in the prestigious race for the first time - becoming the fifth British victor in its history - after successfully defending his overall lead as second-placed compatriot Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won the final stage on St Gervais Mont Blanc.

Thomas held off Briton Adam Yates, victor of the concluding seventh stage, with France's Romain Bardet taking third in the overall standings.

Thomas then launched a spectacular bid to catch Martin and only French hope Romain Bardet was able to follow. It's a massive race and it's an incredible feeling.

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

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

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Yates said: "The Tour de France has been my main goal for the whole season".

Pello Bilbao won the penultimate stage of the Criterium du Dauphine that finished after 110km in La Rosière Espace San Bernardo today.

It was Thomas' second World Tour stage race win after he won Paris-Nice in 2016.

"From the start of the year I said I wanted to get there [the Tour de France] in the best shape possible and I'm on course for that".

Thomas's Italian Sky team-mate Gianni Moscon is third overall on the same time as Caruso. I get to ride the races I want and I am a leader in majority. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 19, 6. Dan Martin (IRL/EAU) 23, 4. Emanuel Buchmann (GER) BORA - hansgrohe +14 5. Pierre Latour (FRA/ALM) 3:49, 10. Pierre Rolland (FRA) Team EF Education First - +41 Drapac p/b Cannondale Overall leaders 1.

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