U.K. cyclist Geraint Thomas crossed the Tour de France finish line on the Champs-Élysées Sunday to become the first Welshman to take the honor.
Thomas, 32, wearing the yellow jersey of the overall leader crossed the line arm-in-arm with teammate Chris Froome, last year’s winner. Sunday’s ceremonial final stage came after Thomas’s Saturday defense of a 1 minute, 51 seconds lead over second-place finisher Tom Dumoulin. Four-time champion Froome placed third overall.
According to Cycling News, “After the customary champagne and photo opportunities during the first half of the stage, things – as they usually do – got serious once the peloton hit Paris. A six-man break got away early on the Champs-Élysées circuits, but with the sprinter’s teams keen to take the glory on the Tour’s last day, they were hunted down with 6.5km (4 miles) to go.”
“It’s going to take a while to sink in,” Thomas said before draping the flag of Wales over his shoulders during the podium ceremony, according to The Associated Press. “Normally that stage is really hard but today I just seemed to float around it. I had goose bumps going around there. The support from the Welsh, British flags. … To ride around wearing this (yellow jersey) is a dream.”