Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Thomas takes out Criterium du Dauphine

Thomas takes out Criterium du Dauphine

Briton Adam Yates, riding for Mitchelton, is second overall, 1min 29sec behind Thomas.

He follows in the footsteps of compatriots Bradley Wiggins, who won the race twice, and three-time victor Chris Froome.

The race is a good indicator of form heading into the Tour de France, which takes place from 7-29 July.

"The Tour de France has been my goal since start of season, but the Volta a Catalunya set things back", Yates said about crashing out of the Catalonia tour in March. "I look forward to the Tour now".

"It's not a great situation for him, the team or just cycling in general", Thomas said.

"It was a hard stage, especially back to back with yesterday's, which was hard too. I'm not one to hold a grudge but I also certainly won't forget it".

"Hopefully the authorities can just get their act together and have a decision, but I've got 100 per cent faith in him".

Thomas managed to close the gap on the peloton within 15km, but was far from happy with the conduct of AG2R as he informed Romain Bardet when he caught up with the French rider.

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

Yates attacked Romain Bardet (Ag2R-La Mondiale) and Thomas in the final 200m of the day's 136km stage, overtaking solo escapee Daniel Navarro in the closing metres to add to his family's burgeoning reputation.

It was Thomas' second World Tour stage race win after he won Paris-Nice in 2016.

Having been the last man standing in support of Thomas, meanwhile, Tao Geoghegan Hart climbed to 13th overall to follow his fifth place in support of Egan Arley Bernal's Amgen Tour of California win last month.

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