Geraint Thomas 'helps a brother out', aiding Mark Cavendish's valedictory Giro d'Italia stage win

Cavendish now has one final Giro stage win. Will he get one final Tour de France equivalent in July?

 Mark Cavendish
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There was no logical reason for Geraint Thomas to be on the front of the Giro d'Italia peloton with 2km to go on the final stage. The Welshman had already all but conceded the overall win to Primož Roglič on Saturday night; the race was inside the magical 3km mark, so there would be no time lost should misfortune occur; and Ineos Grenadiers does not have a sprinter.

Logic was not at play. Thomas, who turned 37 this Giro, the veteran of 18 Grand Tours, was just trying to do something special for his compatriot, former teammate, and long-term friend Mark Cavendish, who turned 38 this Giro.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.