Thousands gather for Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas homecoming


Thousands of people lined the streets of Cardiff today to welcome home Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas. 

There were emotional scenes outside the Welsh Assembly building this afternoon as the 32-year-old champion was congratulated by First Minister Carwyn Jones in front of more than 3,000 people.

Nearby Cardiff Bay was packed with as many as 8,000 fans waving Welsh Flags and wearing cycle helmets, desperate to catch a glimpse of the first ever Welshman to win the prestigious race.

Addressing the crowds the Team Sky rider said he has been ‘blown away’ by the support he has received since crossing the finish line in Paris on July 29.

He described the crowds as ‘bonkers’ and thanked everyone for coming, confessing he thought ‘it was just going to be the wife and the dog’, before setting off on a cycle tour of the city centre where supporters clapped and cheered. 

Thousands of people lined the streets of Cardiff today to welcome home Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas (pictured)

Thousands of people lined the streets of Cardiff today to welcome home Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas (pictured)

Thousands of people lined the streets of Cardiff today to welcome home Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas (pictured)

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas, from Cardiff, is pictured waving at crowds there today with a flag draped on him  

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas, from Cardiff, is pictured waving at crowds there today with a flag draped on him  

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas, from Cardiff, is pictured waving at crowds there today with a flag draped on him  

Double Olympic gold medallist Thomas is pictured cycling through the streets of Cardiff for his homecoming celebrations 

Double Olympic gold medallist Thomas is pictured cycling through the streets of Cardiff for his homecoming celebrations 

Double Olympic gold medallist Thomas is pictured cycling through the streets of Cardiff for his homecoming celebrations 

Cardiff Bay was packed with as many as 8,000 fans desperate to catch a glimpse of the first ever Welshman to win the race

Cardiff Bay was packed with as many as 8,000 fans desperate to catch a glimpse of the first ever Welshman to win the race

Cardiff Bay was packed with as many as 8,000 fans desperate to catch a glimpse of the first ever Welshman to win the race

Fans with Welsh flags and wearing cycle helmets gather to attend a celebratory homecoming event in Cardiff this afternoon 

Fans with Welsh flags and wearing cycle helmets gather to attend a celebratory homecoming event in Cardiff this afternoon 

Fans with Welsh flags and wearing cycle helmets gather to attend a celebratory homecoming event in Cardiff this afternoon 

The star cyclist also had a few words of advice for aspiring sportsmen and women, telling them to ‘follow your dreams’ and adding: ‘Do what you love to do. Anything is possible with hard work. You’re always going to have hard moments but if you really want to do something, go for it.’ 

The Welsh First Minister said the Cardiff-born rider’s achievement was a ‘stand-out moment in our sporting history’.  

Supporters waved Welsh Flags, wore cycle helmets and the Tour de France’s signature yellow as they waited for Thomas to appear. 

One couple, Tracey Morse and Salvador Espinosa, was pictured with the sporting star in their wedding outfits, after they tied the knot at the nearby castle. 

After being congratulated by First Minister Carwyn Jones in front of more than 3,000 people, Thomas took to the streets on his bike, where more than 8,000 fans were assembled to greet him 

After being congratulated by First Minister Carwyn Jones in front of more than 3,000 people, Thomas took to the streets on his bike, where more than 8,000 fans were assembled to greet him 

After being congratulated by First Minister Carwyn Jones in front of more than 3,000 people, Thomas took to the streets on his bike, where more than 8,000 fans were assembled to greet him 

Addressing the crowds the Team Sky rider said he has been 'blown away' by the support he has received since crossing the finish line of the Grand Tour in Paris on July 29

Addressing the crowds the Team Sky rider said he has been 'blown away' by the support he has received since crossing the finish line of the Grand Tour in Paris on July 29

Addressing the crowds the Team Sky rider said he has been ‘blown away’ by the support he has received since crossing the finish line of the Grand Tour in Paris on July 29

Thomas described the crowds as 'bonkers' and thanked everyone for coming, confessing he thought 'it was just going to be the wife and the dog'

Thomas described the crowds as 'bonkers' and thanked everyone for coming, confessing he thought 'it was just going to be the wife and the dog'

Thomas described the crowds as ‘bonkers’ and thanked everyone for coming, confessing he thought ‘it was just going to be the wife and the dog’

One couple, Tracey Morse and Salvador Espinosa, was pictured with the sporting star in their wedding outfits, after they tied the knot at the nearby castle on Thursday 

One couple, Tracey Morse and Salvador Espinosa, was pictured with the sporting star in their wedding outfits, after they tied the knot at the nearby castle on Thursday 

One couple, Tracey Morse and Salvador Espinosa, was pictured with the sporting star in their wedding outfits, after they tied the knot at the nearby castle on Thursday 

Despite Thomas being a double Olympic gold medallist in the velodrome, few tipped him for victory in the world’s most famous road race.

His team-mate Chris Froome, the defending champion, was the hot favourite as he chased a record-equally fifth victory.

But after Froome crashed in the opening stage, Cardiff-born Thomas opened up a lead over his colleague that he never relinquished.

The Welsh flag is pictured alongside one for the Tour de France as Cardiff prepared to welcome home Geraint Thomas 

The Welsh flag is pictured alongside one for the Tour de France as Cardiff prepared to welcome home Geraint Thomas 

The Welsh flag is pictured alongside one for the Tour de France as Cardiff prepared to welcome home Geraint Thomas 

A Welcome Home Geraint sign is pictured in the Tour de France's signature yellow and translated into Welsh for crowds 

A Welcome Home Geraint sign is pictured in the Tour de France's signature yellow and translated into Welsh for crowds 

A Welcome Home Geraint sign is pictured in the Tour de France’s signature yellow and translated into Welsh for crowds 



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