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Thomas, hav­ing barely turned 21, is the youngest rider to start the Tour de France. He su fers ter­ri­bly in a race hit by sev­eral dop­ing scan­dals and comes 139th over­all, nearly four hours down.


All eyes are on Sky leader Wig­gins, but na­tional road champ Thomas is ifth in the pro­logue at the Tour, then se­cond in the cob­bled Aren­berg stage. He wears the white jer­sey for four days.


Comes an im­pres­sive 10th in a very hard Tour of Flan­ders, mak­ing the key break over the Muur. That was built on a close se­cond at Dwars door Vlaan­deren. Both races were won by Nick Nuyens.


The year is mostly about rid­ing track at the Olympics, but Thomas serves no­tice of his po­ten­tial and ta­lent when he is se­cond in the irst and last-day time tri­als at the Giro d’Italia.


Thomas hits form early with a TDU stage win along with third over­all, but it looks like he has a bur­geon­ing Clas­sics ca­reer - he is fourth at Om­loop Het Nieuws­blad and E3 Prijs Harel­beke.


Finds Clas­sics con­sis­tency, with third in E3, eighth in Flan­ders and sev­enth in Roubaix. Also achieves his best re­sult yet at the Tour – 22nd over­all, af­ter leader Froome crashes out early.


A break­though Clas­sics win at E3 is fol­lowed by an im­pres­sive per­for­mance at the Tour, where he is in the irst four deep into the race un­til he con­cedes time on the penul­ti­mate Alpine stage.


Fi­nally takes his irst over­all win in a World­Tour stage race, at Paris-Nice. He sur­vives a spec­tac­u­lar inal-day long-range at­tack by Al­berto Con­ta­dor to win the GC by just four sec­onds.


In prepa­ra­tion for his main tar­get of the year, the Giro, Thomas takes his irst GC win in a moun­tain­ous stage race, at the Tour of the Alps, seven sec­onds ahead of Thibaut Pinot.


Af­ter crash­ing out of the Giro, Thomas re­cov­ers then takes the yel­low jer­sey at the Tour by win­ning the stage 1 TT in teem­ing rain in Düs­sel­dorf. He leads for four days, but crashes out in the Jura.


Dom­i­nates the Critérium du Dauphiné. De­spite crash­ing in the pro­logue, he is third, se­cond, se­cond and ifth fol­low­ing the TTT (which Sky won) and wins the GC by a minute.

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