Sport Team Sky's Geraint Thomas wins Tour of the Alps

19:15  21 april  2017
19:15  21 april  2017 Source:   Press Association

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Geraint Thomas capped off a superb display by leading home a Team Sky 1-2 at the Tour of the Alps and moving into the race lead. The Welshman launched a stinging late attack on the steep finish to Funes, bridging across to team -mate Mikel Landa and then pushing on to take the win on stage three.

17 Apr 2017. Thomas second at Tour of the Alps . General Classification 1. Michele Scarponi (Astana) 3:32:15 2. Geraint Thomas ( Team Sky ) +4" 3. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) +6” 4. Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac) +10" 5. Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) +10”.

Geraint Thomas took one of the biggest wins of his career: Cycling - 2015 Tour de France - Stage Twenty One - Sevres to Paris Champs-Elysees © PA WIRE Cycling - 2015 Tour de France - Stage Twenty One - Sevres to Paris Champs-Elysees

Geraint Thomas on Friday completed victory in the Tour of the Alps stage race to show his form ahead of the Giro d'Italia.

Team Sky's Thomas triumphed in the five-day race, previously known as the Giro del Trentino, to take one of the biggest wins of his career.

The 30-year-old Welshman is slated to lead Team Sky, along with Spain's Mikel Landa, at the Giro, which begins on May 5 on Sardinia and finishes in Milan on May 28.

France's Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) won Friday's fifth stage, the 199-kilometres from Smarano to Trento, but had to settle for second overall, seven seconds behind Thomas, who was third on the day.

It was Team Sky's third successive overall victory in the race after Richie Porte's 2015 win and Landa's triumph last year.

Defending champion Thomas Voeckler hoping to go out on a high .
Thomas Voeckler will pin a number one on the back of his jersey for the final time this morning as the third Tour de Yorkshire gets under way. The veteran French rider was a popular winner of the race last year, and has made a return to Yorkshire a priority as he winds his career down towards a planned finale at this summer’s Tour de France."This'll be the last race of my life wearing number one,” the 37-year-old Direct-Energie rider said. “It feels special. I've been relishing every moment since the beginning of the season, but riding here in Yorkshire will be a unique experience.

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