Criterium du Dauphine: Geraint Thomas wins ahead of Adam Yates

Criterium du Dauphine: Geraint Thomas wins ahead of Adam Yates

Froome's Giro participation ensured he was absent from this year's Criterium du Dauphine as he rested up ahead of the Tour, where he will attempt to complete a rare Giro-Tour double.

Geraint Thomas took second place behind stage victor Pello Bilbao to extend his overall lead with just one day remaining at the Critérium du Dauphiné in La Rosière Espace San Bernardo.

Thomas finished fifth on the final day in the end, having moved into the yellow jersey and clear of his rivals thanks to second place finishes at Valmorel and La Rosiere on stages five and six.

Thomas finished 60 seconds ahead of nearest rival Adam Yates, victor of the final stage, with an overall time of 24 hours, 43 minutes and 12 seconds.

View more results below. "I explained to Geraint that of course, we're riding hard to win the stage". Now I realise I've won a massive race. "I'm more anxious about my form for the Tour de France".

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He said it was learning from the previous days that helped him take victory on St Gervais Mont Blanc, delaying his attack to claim the stage win. I get to ride the races I want and I am a leader in majority. "They're super hard climbing stages and even harder over the weekend".

Thomas then launched a spectacular bid to catch Martin and only French hope Romain Bardet was able to follow.

"I knew I had about one minute 20 seconds to lose on Yatesy so at 200 (metres) to go, when they started sprinting for the win, I was relieved", Thomas was quoted as saying by the BBC.

Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) had looked set for a solo victory, as the last remaining escapee from the day's break - spending 105km of the 136km stage at the front of the race - but Yates swept past him to grab the seventh pro win of his career.

Thomas is next due to race in the National Road Race championships in Northumberland where he is down to do the time trial (29 June) and the road race (1 July).

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