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Geraint Thomas: Hero's homecoming for Tour de France winner

Geraint Thomas: Hero's homecoming for Tour de France winner

  • 9 August 2018
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Thousands of people lined the streets of Cardiff as Wales officially welcomed home Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas.

The 32-year-old was congratulated by First Minister Carwyn Jones at the Senedd in front of more than 3,000 people in Cardiff Bay.

Thomas became just the third Briton and first Welshman to win the gruelling 21-stage race which culminated in Paris.

He has been "blown away" by support as 8,000 fans lined Cardiff's streets.

"I'm used to racing in front of thousands of people but to walk out to this, this is bonkers," Thomas said.

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"Thanks for coming, I was a bit worried it was just going to be my wife and the dog," he joked as wife Sara and dog Blanche watched in the crowd.

Image caption Geraint Thomas is thanked "on behalf of Wales" by First Minister and Carwyn Jones
Image caption Geraint Thomas celebrated in front of huge crowds who gathered at Cardiff Castle and the Senedd

Asked what was next for him, the double Olympic track champion replied: "A few more beers!

"I thought the race would be harder, I felt pretty good. The race was a dream and couldn't have gone better."

Mr Jones, who joined Thomas on the steps of the Senedd, described the triumph as "a stand-out moment in our sporting history".

"In politics you spend a lot of time selling Wales to the world and Geraint has done more in 21 days than I could've done in 21 years," said the first minister.

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"From the whole of the country, thanks for what you've done."

Thomas then cycled through the packed streets of Cardiff, accompanied by a peloton of young riders, before he took a stage outside the castle to speak to the crowd.