Thomas leads home team 1-2

19 Apr 2017

Thomas leads home team 1-2

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Geraint Thomas capped off a superb display by leading home a Team Sky 1-2 at the Tour of the Alps and moving into the race lead.

The Welshman launched a stinging late attack on the steep finish to Funes, bridging across to team-mate Mikel Landa and then pushing on to take the win on stage three.
 
Flanked by Landa, who played a perfect team role on the final climb, the win and bonus seconds were enough to ensure Thomas moved into a 16-second race lead with two days to go.
 
Team Sky grabbed control of the race on the tough penultimate climb of the Alpe Rodengo Zumis. Initially Pete Kennaugh, followed by a massive turn from Ian Boswell, helped to string out the bunch and chase down the day’s three-man break.
 
Landa helped control the pace on the descent, before Phil Deignan helped lead the race onto the final climb. Kenny Elissonde then took it up, with Landa in position to drive the race on when attacks fired with 5km to go.
 
Thomas was able to sit in and monitor the moves, before timing his late attack to perfection.
 
After the race the new race leader explained: “I felt good on the climb and I said to Landa – ‘just go and make the others chase’. I could just follow everyone else and it worked perfectly. After Scarponi went and Formolo [attacked] it became quite hard so I thought I’d have a go. I went full gas."
A show of strength at the finish (Photo: Daniele Mosna)

A show of strength at the finish (Photo: Daniele Mosna)

Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

I didn’t really expect to but I got across to them, took a few deep breaths, counted to five and just went again. Luckily I had the legs to stay away.
With victory Thomas was quick to put his success into context as he continues to build towards the upcoming Giro d’Italia. He added: “It’s one thing in a week-long race, it’s another thing completely at a Grand Tour. It’s completely unknown for me. The likes of Nibali, Quintana, Pinot and other guys have all been on the podium in Grand Tours. We’ll see how it goes but for me it’s a good way to start.
 
“It shows all the work I’ve been doing and the dedication is finally paying off. I’m looking forward to a bit of a rest after this race and going to the Giro fresh mentally and physically. And trying to get what I can!” 
New race leader on the podium (Photo: Daniele Mosna)

New race leader on the podium (Photo: Daniele Mosna)

Stage three result:

1. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 3:47:50
2. Mikel Landa (Team Sky) s.t.

3. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) +4"
4. Pierre Rolland (Cannondale-Drapac) +13"
5. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) s.t.

Overall standings: 

1. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 10:40:02
2. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) +16"
3. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) +19"
4. Michele Scarponi (Astana) +21" 
5. Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac) +31"
6. Mikel Landa (Team Sky) +36"

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