Geraint Thomas claimed his first title since profitable the 2018 Tour de France when he wrapped up the general victory on the Tour de Romandie on Sunday. The Briton, who crashed within the last straight with victory in sight in Saturday’s fourth-stage uphill end, took third place within the last particular person time trial gained by France’s Remi Cavagna.
It was sufficient for the Ineos-Grenadiers rider, who had began the day in second place within the basic classification 11 seconds behind Michael Woods, to leapfrog the Canadian as he beat him by 54 seconds on the 16.2-km course round Fribourg. Thomas, who is predicted to steer Ineos-Grenadiers on the Tour flanked by Giro d’Italia winners Tao Geoghegan Hart and Richard Carapaz, has not gained a stage, nonetheless, since prevailing at L’Alpe d’Huez in 2018.
On the Tour de Romandie, he completed 28 seconds forward of Australian crew mate Richie Porte, with Italian Fausto Masnada of Deceuninck-Fast Step taking third place 38 seconds off the tempo whereas Woods (Israel Begin-Up Nation) slipped all the way down to fifth. Briton Chris Froome’s hopes of reaching his greatest type once more after a freak crash in 2019 suffered yet one more blow as he was by no means within the combine, ending up 96th general, greater than an hour behind Thomas.
As soon as a prime time-trialist, Israel Begin-Up Nation’s Froome completed Sunday’s solo effort towards the clock a woeful 109th out of 120 starters.
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