Geraint Thomas wrote another page of British cycling history after sealing an incredible overall victory at the Tour de France.
After thanking his teammates on the podium, he added: "I got into cycling because of this race. I remember running home from school to watch the Tour de France and the dream was always just to be a part of it. That came through 11 years ago back in 2007. Now I'm here, stood in the yellow jersey. It's incredible and it's a dream come true.
"To everyone back home, kids and the Maindy Flyers, just dream big. If people tell you it can't be done, if you believe in yourself and work hard just keep going. You're going to have knocks and downs. But keep believing, anything is possible and with hard work everything pays off in the end. Thanks for all the support!"
I got into cycling because of this race. I remember running home from school to watch the Tour de France and the dream was always just to be a part of it. That came through 12 years ago back in 2007. Now I'm here, stood in the yellow jersey. It's incredible and it's a dream come true.
He said: "It's amazing and quite emotional standing on the podium with G, being such a good mate. We've been teammates for 10 years, so to stand on that podium with him on the top step of the Tour de France - it's amazing to see how far he's come and I'm incredibly proud of him.
"I've had a good run now with three Grand Tour victories in the last three I've done, and to be on the podium here again. It's been tough work and I'm really glad to be able to take a break now. My wife Michelle is expecting a baby any day now and I'm really looking forward to spending some time with the family now."
Fellow Welshman Luke Rowe admitted it was an emotional moment seeing Thomas on the podium. He added: "I'm immensely proud. I've known him a long time. We've grown up together from riding around on the streets on BMX's, to now be stood here looking up to the Champs-Elysees, looking up to the podium and the Arc de Triomphe and knowing G's going to be on the top step - it's just amazing. I'm proud for G and a proud Welshman.
"You look back and he never really looked under pressure massively. He always looked like he had it under control. But you can't win the Tour de France easily. It's a massive battle and a massive fight. I think every rider has their day and every rider is on their limit at certain times. He certainly was, just like the rest of the peloton, but he was the strongest and deserves to be stood on the top step."
1. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 83:17:13
2. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) +1:51"
3. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +2:24"
4. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo) +3:22"
5. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) +6:08"