Geraint Thomas will end up the first Welshman to win the Tour de France if he crosses the finish line in Paris on Sunday.
His place in the history novels was guaranteed with a stunning performance in a time trial Saturday, if he retained the pioneer ’s yellow jersey.
Tradition dictates that the wearer is given a free run to the French capital in a celebratory procession.
The Cardiff rider was inundated with congratulations from Wales.
He will end up the third Briton to win the Tour de France, later Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2012 and Sky team partner Chris Froome.
Buildings – including castles and the City Hall in the Welsh capital – were lit up in yellow overnight to indicate the occasion.
The First Minister Carwyn Jones described Thomas’s achievement as a “fantastic achievement”. ”Wales will probably be cheering you on as you go to the finish,” he tweeted.
Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns described the 32-year old as an inspirational role model, adding# &: 8220;His grit and determination finished the previous few weeks illustrates just how much he would like to win this epic race.
“Geraint is a brilliant ambassador for the game, for Wales and completely deserves his place in history – llongyfarchiadau mawr. ”
Geraint Howell Thomas, MBE(born 25 May 1986) is a Welsh professional racing cyclist who rides the UCI Earth Team Team Sky, Wales and Great Britain.
Thomas has enjoyed success either on the monitor and on the road. On the monitor that he had been a specialist in the staff pursuit. He won three world championships and has been Olympic golden medalist twice, in 2008 and 2012. Thomas had an early hit the street at the 2004 Paris–Roubaix Juniors and afterwards had senior victories at the 2010 British National Road Race Championships, the 2014 Commonwealth Games street race and his first classic, the 2015 E3 Harelbeke. He has also experienced quite a few point race total victories; including the 2011 and 2014 Bayern-Rundfahrt, the 2016 Paris–Nice, the 2017 Tour of the Alps and the 2018 Critérium du Dauphiné.
Thomas obtained the first phase of 2017 Tour de France, an individual time trial, to become the first Welshman, and just the eighth cyclist from the United Kingdom, to wear the yellow jersey the Tour de France. On point 9, when placed second overall, he crashed on a descent and broke his collarbone, forcing him to withdraw the race.