2022 – Storm Gerant Thomas as first British winner of the Tour de Suisse | To go cycling

Geirant Thomas became the first Briton to win the Tour de Suisse after taking second place in the individual time test in Vaduz on Sunday.

The 36-year-old Ineos Grenadiers rider finished the final stage of Switzerland’s biggest road race three seconds slower than Remco Evenepoel, but it was enough for the overall win.

The Welshman started the final stage two seconds behind leader Sergio Higuita after finishing fifth on the penultimate stage, but the 2018 Tour de France winner burned the 25.6km road to claim the spoils. Higuita managed to limit his losses enough to finish second in the overall standings, 1 minute 12 seconds behind Thomas and four seconds ahead of Jacob Fuglsang.

Geraint Thomas with his glass. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Neilson Powless survived a late wheel change to finish fourth overall, while Stefan Kung climbed to fifth overall thanks to third place in the time test.

The Tour de Suisse, one of the last major warm-ups for the Tour de France, was hit mid-race by a series of Covid withdrawals including British mountain bike Olympic champion Tom Bidcock and his Ineos teammate Adam Yates.

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