Thomas: Fine cobbles display

Thomas: Fine cobbles display

Thomas hails 'amazing' day

Supporting Wiggins still the main goal

By Staff   Last updated: 7th July 2010

Geraint Thomas was one of the stars on stage three of the Tour de France, making it into an elite six-man lead group and finishing second behind the Norwegian Thor Hushovd.

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"It was a massive buzz going across the cobbles with [Fabian] Cancellara, Thor and Cadel [Evans]."

Geraint Thomas

As a bonus, Team Sky's newly-crowned British national champion took over the white jersey for best young rider at the end of a stage that, thanks to its seven cobbled sections, will go down as one of the toughest and most dramatic of recent years.

"It was a massive buzz going across the cobbles with [Fabian] Cancellara, Thor and Cadel [Evans]," said Thomas.

"You don't get a better group than that. Having the national champion's jersey on my back, and being in the front group with the world champion [Evans] and some of the other big riders, was amazing.

"The atmosphere was amazing, too. I'm going to remember that for a while.

"The white jersey's a nice bonus, and I'm going to enjoy that tomorrow, but I'm here for Brad."

Thomas revealed that at one point he considered dropping back to help Bradley Wiggins, who was caught behind Fränk Schleck's crash, and found himself in the group chasing Thomas's sextet.

"I was in two minds about going back to help Brad but Sean [Yates] told me to stay in the front group," Thomas explained.

Many of the cobbled sections that featured in stage three are also included in the legendary classic, Paris-Roubaix. Riders like Cancellara and Hushovd are specialists - the former won this year's so-called 'Hell of the North' - but Thomas also has pedigree - he won the junior edition in 2004.

"It was a bit different being with the big boys," he said. "But I get over the cobbles pretty well. It was a good day - I enjoyed it."

The Welshman could now hold on to the white jersey for several days, with the cobbles and Ardennes hills behind them as the Tour makes its way south, heading for the Alps.

"It's possible I could keep it for a bit," he said. "But it's all about helping Brad - that's what I'm here for. Today was a good day for the team. Confidence and morale is good, and we're enjoying racing together."