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Geraint Thomas wins the Criterium du Dauphine ahead of Adam Yates

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Paris: Geraint Thomas survived a late scare to win the Criterium du Dauphine as Adam Yates of the Australian Mitchelton-Scott team won the final stage to consolidate second place.

Team Sky's Thomas suffered two punctures during the 136-kilometre stage from Moutiers to Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc, but took a wheel from a teammate on the second occasion and was paced back to the peloton by Michal Kwiatkowski and Dylan van Baarle.

The 32-year-old Welshman eventually finished fifth, 19 seconds behind Yates whose 10-second time bonus for winning the stage reduced his overall deficit to Thomas to one minute exactly.

"It's amazing to win such a prestigious race," Thomas told the race's official website.

"It's incredible. I didn't let myself think so far ahead. I was always thinking of the next day or the next day. Now I realise I've won a massive race.

"Punctures today didn't really help. I had to chase back on. The guys rode really well for me. On the last climb, I just knew I had about 1 min 20 to lose on Yatesy.

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"Each kilometre I was more confident and happier. Finally, at 200 (metres) to go, when they started sprinting for the win, I was relieved. I can rest a little bit and wait for July. This is a confidence booster for the Tour (de France)."

Spain's Daniel Navarro (Cofidis) had looked set to win the stage until Yates launched a late attack from the chasing group and caught Navarro on the final bend.

French rider Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) finished third on the stage and in the general classification, with Irishman Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates) 48 seconds behind in fourth.

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