Title hope is realised at last

Geraint Thomas
Geraint Thomas

GERAINT Thomas has won the first major title of his professional career,

The St Helens-based Team Sky cyclist proved the strongest overall rider during the five-day Tour of Bavaria.

Thomas, 25, managed to infiltrate a decisive breakaway group on day three, before producing a strong performance in the time trial to take the victory.

The win raises expectations that Thomas can improve on his incredible achievements in last year’s Tour de France, where he wore the best young rider jersey for three days.