Thomas: Dauphine TTT was one of the best I've ever been in


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Geraint Thomas said stage 3 of the Critérium du Dauphiné was one of the best team time trials he has been a part of in his 12 years as a professional.

Team Sky are traditionally strong against the clock and the Welshman, who has been with the British team since it began in 2010, was a driving force as they destroyed the Dauphiné field on Wednesday.

They clocked 36:33 on the 35km course from Pont-de-Vaux to Louhans, averaging more than 57km/h, to beat second-placed BMC Racing by 38 seconds. Lotto Soudal and Mitchelton-Scott were the only other teams to get within a minute of Sky.


“I’m super happy. We rode that really well from start to finish,” Thomas told Cyclingnews. “We got on a good pace and just even turns, you know – there were no egos, no one tried to go too long, we just kept the speed high and kept it all the way through, which was a big plus.”

If the margin was surprising, the fact that the victory went to Sky certainly wasn’t. Michal Kwiatkowski had won the opening-day prologue and Gianni Moscon finished third, as Sky placed four riders in the top 15. Thomas was arguably on course to win it, but crashed just beyond the half-way mark.

“We knew from the prologue we had a good team for that sort of effort, and it showed today,” said Thomas. “That was probably one of the best TTTs I’ve been in, pace judgement-wise. I think you could see that on the splits, other teams started to fall away and we held that pace, which was great.”

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