June 12, 2018
Geraint Thomas wins Dauphine
Stage 7: Moûtiers to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, 136km
Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) took the final stage to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, while Geraint Thomas capped Sky's dominance of the race to claim the overall.
Geraint Thomas stayed within sight of Yates and arch rival Romain Bardet (Ag2R La Mondiale) at the finish to secure is first win at the Critérium du Dauphiné and the eighth by a Briton. Thomas, who had led for three stages after taking over form teammate Gianni Moscon, had a comfortable one minute margin of victory over Yates with Bardet at 1'47" despite the latter orchestrating an attack when Thomas punctured
The stage was a suitable climax to the race with four climbs in the space of 136km. A six man break went away early in the stage and some members were surviving strongly with 1500m to go.As the gradient reared up David Gaudu (Groupama - FDJ) attacked the breakaway group. His sortie was doomed and the stage win itself looked to be in the hands of Cofidis' Daniel Navarro.
As it reached judgement time on the steep 13% slopes leadiing to the finish the Spanish rider could be forgivne for thinking victory was his but Yates though with last ditch dreams of overtaking Thomas for the top spot on the podium surged away from the GC group, caught and passed the devastated Navarro who had to settle for runner-up.
All eyes were on duel between Bardet and Thomas but the margins were scant and the order of the top three places were preserved. The result saw a twin British result on the day.
Stage 7 Video Summary (courtesy of ASO)
Stage 7 Results and GC