After Michal Kwiatkowski and Gianni Moscon is Geraint Thomas, the third rider in Team Sky in this Critérium du Dauphiné yellow jersey wearing. Thomas ended Friday as the second to four seconds of dagwinnaar Daniel Martin and starts as the leader on the final weekend.
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The Critérium du Dauphiné started dramatically for Thomas, with a strong fall in the openingsproloog. Only five days later, the 32-year-old Briton comfortably in the yellow, with two more spirited rides. “From the start, drove the team great,” said Thomas. “We checked very well, also BORA, a hand came out was convenient. Also on the final climb, we had everything under control. Yates and his team Mitchelton-Scott went hard rocking, but (Tao Geoghegan Hart, ed.) rode great and held me in position. In the final kilometer that I’ve given everything and I tried to have as close as possible to Daniel Martin, to get. In the last turn, I was careful. ‘Losing it’ as in the prologue, I wanted to absolutely avoid.”
In the ranking defends Thomas this weekend, a beautiful lead of 1 minute and 9 seconds on his team mate Gianni Moscon and the Italian Damiano Caruso (BMC). Thomas: “of Course I want to take this Dauphiné win. These last four days are undoubtedly the hardest that I’ve experienced in a race a week. The are heavy bergritten, especially this weekend. Saturday I will be at the jersey enjoy and, of course, also defend. But anything can happen. Saturday there is a lot of climbing to do. It may be a short stage, but it is undoubtedly a great test.”