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Geraint Thomas Wins Tour de Suisse: ‘Don’t think many were expecting that’

By Monica Buck

What a way to prove your worth ahead of the Tour.

The Welshman hits form

The 36-year-old Tour winner claimed the overall victory at the Tour de Suisse with a stunning time-trial performance. Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) finished only three seconds behind Remco Evenepoel, the stage winner. He was over a minute quicker than Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe) and thus overtook him in the general classification.

It was the ninth stage race victory for Thomas who seems to be getting in great shape ahead of the Tour.

“Don’t think many were expecting that,” the Welshman wrote on Twitter. “Delighted to finally win [the] Tour de Suisse. Big thanks to the boys and the team for all of their work this week.”

Sergio Higuita managed to hold the second place in the overall standings and Jakob Fuglsang (Israel-Premier Tech) finished third.

Tour de Suisse – stage eight results

1. Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) – 28:26
2. Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) + 3 seconds
3. Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) + 11 seconds

Final general classification

1. Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) – 33:07:09
2. Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe) + 1:12
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Israel-Premier Tech) + 1:16
4. Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost) + 2:10
5. Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ) + 2:25
6. Bob Jungels (AG2R Citroën Team) + 2:59
7. Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe) + 3:37
8. Dani Martínez (Ineos Grenadiers) + 3:39
9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux) + 3:42
10. Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) + 3:45