Geraint Thomas: I didn't know how good I'd be compared to rivals on La Planche des Belles Filles

The Welshman looked strongest of the GC contenders on the Tour's first summit finish

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Geraint Thomas (Ineos) received the confirmation he needed on La Planche des Belles Filles, the first summit finish of the 2019 Tour de France.

Thomas is returning to defend his 2018 title but suffered a setback with a Tour de Suisse crash and a crash on the first day of the Tour in Brussels.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.