Why Geraint Thomas’s Tour win was the best Grand Tour victory of 2018

A stunning victory in the Tour de France saw Geraint Thomas step up to become a cycling superstar

Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome on Alpe d'Huez on stage 12 of the Tour de France (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The Tour de France might look, to the casual observer, like the other two Grand Tours — there’s a peloton of nearly 200 riders racing around the countryside and over some high mountains chasing a brightly coloured jersey — but it isn’t.

Not one of those 200 riders is there to make up the numbers; it’s why the Tour peloton is one of the fastest of the year — everyone is at the peak of the sport. And when everyone was pinging in July, who was better than them? Geraint Thomas.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.