"To stand on the podium, with him on the top step of the Tour de France, it's incredible to see how far he's come".
Britain's Geraint Thomas is set to win the Tour de France. "The team have been great, the morale in the team has been really good". It speaks volumes about his personality. It was the most significant single loss of time for Dumoulin versus Thomas in the Tour.
Victory is the sixth time a Team Sky rider has prevailed in the last seven years and comes after a dominant display from a man who had so often supported teammates in a domestique role at previous grand tour events. I just want to say a final thanks to the crowd, you've just been unbelievable.
"As he joined the junior programme, you just knew he was going to be pretty talented".
Thomas's first successes came on the track. Tuscany 2006, when he was part of a British Under-23 squad. In 2008, he won the Olympic gold medal alongside Wiggins.
In February, 2006, Thomas even raced in the Tuesday night club criterium series at Heffron Park in Sydney's southeast as a 20 year-old on the English track endurance squad that was in Australia preparing for the Commonwealth Games. "He had this ambition to win the Tour in the back of his mind". The position of Team Sky at the top of road cycling has been built around the importance of the collective effort of all their riders, with the domestiques setting the pace at the front of the peloton and controlling the race for the benefit of the team leader.
Years later, he signaled himself as a potential Grand Tour victor when he won the week-long Paris-Nice in 2016.
This victory will come in his ninth Tour, one fewer than the record for most appearances before winning, held by 1980 victor Joop Zoetemelk of the Netherlands. Last year, he crashed into a police motorbike during the Giro.
Philippe Wojazer Reuters Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas of Britain celebrates his overall victory on the podium with a Welsh flag
"He's very loyal. There's never any doubts with him", said Brailsford.
Despite leading the race, Thomas has insisted that his primary role is to support Froome, and therefore the departure of Moscon is a blow to Froome, with Moscon a key ally during his victory in the 2017 Vuelta a España.
The final stage always serving as something of a procession into the French capital, the Cardiff born cyclist crossed the line alongside Chris Froome who relinquishes his title having won the last three in a row.
The celebrations have already started, with Thomas enjoying a sip of Champagne with his Team Sky colleagues, while he has also been posing on his bike with the Welsh flag.
The three-week race covered 3,351 kilometers (2,082 miles). He won back-to-back mountain stages and became the first British rider to win at the Alpe d'Huez. Dutchman Tom Dumoulin stayed second ahead of Saturday's decisive individual time trial.
"He is really laid back, but not like he does not care, " Ellingworth says.
"These two guys deserve so much credit for the way they have handled themselves".
"We spend a lot of time together, we train a lot together and I've seen how he's developed over the years".