Sky's Thomas tunes up for Tour with Dauphine success

Sky's Thomas tunes up for Tour with Dauphine success

Sky's Thomas tunes up for Tour with Dauphine success

Geraint Thomas (GBR) Team Sky +19 6.

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

Team Sky also won the team event - finishing seven minutes and 18 seconds ahead of Team Emirates.

Yates finished the punishing 136-kilometre ride from Moutiers to Saint-Gervais four seconds ahead of Spaniard Daniel Navarro, with Frenchman Romain Bardet in third place, nine seconds behind the stage victor.

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"Ive been feeling good all year", the Irishman said after the race.

"I think these four days are the hardest four days I've raced in a one-week stage race", said Thomas.

"I'm just going to enjoy this win now, rest up and recover and look forward to July". Bilbao made his move late on during the gruelling stage that is nearly the same as stage 11 in the Tour de France next month, with four major climbs and a summit finish at la Rosiere. We're getting closer and closer so I'm happy to get confidence from this race.

"It's been two back-to-back hard stages", he added.

Thomas's Italian Sky team-mate Gianni Moscon is third overall on the same time as Caruso.

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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.

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

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

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

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