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Geraint Thomas wins opening stage of Tour de France

Geraint Thomas wins opening stage of Tour de France

Chris Froome's most loyal support rider finally got some glory of his own.

Geraint Thomas won the wet and slippery opening stage of the Tour de France on Saturday and claimed the yellow jersey.

It was the first Grand Tour stage victory for Thomas, who has escorted Sky teammate Froome to Paris for three Tour victories.

“I just can't believe it,” Thomas said. “I got into cycling because of the Tour de France.”

Thomas said he watched the Tour as a kid and harangued his dad to get satellite TV coverage.

“I ran home from school to watch it,” he said. “It's crazy to be in the camera.”

Averaging 32 mph, Thomas required little more than 16 minutes to...

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