Geraint Thomas closes Giro d'Italia with key leadout for Cavendish: "I thought: I'll help a friend out"

Old teammates, friends, and winners at the Giro d'Italia. Geraint Thomas may have finished the Giro in second place, but has once again shown his class by helping Mark Cavendish to an emotional win in Rome.

“I sat there and saw that he only had Luis Léon [Sánchez] with him. I thought: I'll help a friend out," Thomas said in a flash interview following the stage. The Manxman hasn't had a leadout for the Giro, but has grown into good form throughout the Grand Tour. He has came close to a win, but hadn't until today won a stage this year. It all changed. “It was beautiful. It's been emotional."

For some seconds Thomas led the peloton with Cavendish closely following, and the Manxman eventually wrapped off what was a strong performance with a key win to his career, in a season where he has struggled. Thomas, who is certain to further run through his emotions over the coming days, had this to say immediately after concluding the 18th Grand Tour he's started.

“I haven't stopped reading messages after yesterday, but it's been a great race. We had a great team with the boys. I have really enjoyed it. I may be 37, but I feel at least 27," Thomas concluded.

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