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Thomas Wins Top BBC Gong

Thomas Wins Top BBC Gong

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas has been crowned BBC Sports Personality of the year for 2018. The 32-year-old was up against some strong competition for the award, which is decided by a public vote, but edged out Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton, who finished second.

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane took third.

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Thomas became only the third Briton to win the Tour de France, following in the footsteps of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

“I really should have thought about what I was going to say,” a shocked Thomas said. “I feel very lucky to have come into cycling when I did. I just went down to the local leisure centre for a swim and instead I rode my bike.

“As a bike rider, I always focus on myself. Obviously people want me to win, but hearing stories like Tyson [Fury]’s and Billy [Monger]’s, you realise that what we do does inspire people back home.

“To see people on their bikes and enjoying it, you take just as much pride from that as winning something like this.”

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