Mark Cavendish praises 'eternal optimist and special person' Geraint Thomas after stage-winning Giro d'Italia lead-out

Manxman also reveals he jokingly asked Thomas for a lead-out during the race

Giro d'Italia 2023
(Image credit: Tim de Waele / Getty)

A victorious Mark Cavendish described his impromptu lead-out man Geraint Thomas as "more than just a good rider, he's a f****** good person, and friend", after the Manxman won the final stage into Rome.

Thomas, who had been forced to concede overall victory to Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) in the mountain time trial the day before, paced Cavendish through the second-last kilometre, helping to position him ideally for victory.

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