Geraint Thomas recovered from a couple of setbacks on the final stage of the Criterium du Dauphine to finish fifth and win the race overall.
Thomas' win was Team Sky's sixth in the race and following the stage, and the Welshman was still struggling to come to terms with his achievement, beaming: “It’s incredible, it hasn’t sunk in yet!"
The guys were just incredible, they rode really well for me."
This time Van Baarle and Kwiatkowski were on hand to pace him back to the rest of the team who were able to guide the race leader back to the main bunch.
With three kilometres remaining he finally peeled off as a number of the favourites attacked but had their advances nullified until the final 300 metres which saw Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) and Yates escape, but it was too little, too late and Thomas secured the overall victory by one minute.
With the ever-consistent Geoghegan Hart in the upper reaches of the general classification and several strong finishes on the mountain stages from Jonathan Castroviejo, Team Sky also topped the team classification to round off a successful week in France.