Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stage Win Vindicates Brailsford's Ambition; CYCLING

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Stage Win Vindicates Brailsford's Ambition; CYCLING

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TEAM Sky principal Dave Brailsford's ambition was vindicated yesterday as Geraint Thomas set up a first Tour de France stage win for the British squad and Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen.

Welshman Thomas surged up the final climb with Boasson Hagen in tow and the 24-year-old from Lillehammer burst across the line for victory on the rainsoaked 226.5-kilometre sixth stage from Dinan to Lisieux. HTC-Highroad's Matt Goss was second, with Boasson Hagen's compatriot Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo), wearing the race leader's yellow jersey, third.

Brailsford, as British Cycling performance director, led Britain to eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics before dividing his time with the Team Sky project established with the bold aim of producing a British Tour champion within five years.

After learning lessons in their debut season in 2010, Brailsford was both elated and measured after today's success, which he planned to toast with a glass of champagne. Brailsford said: "The bus nearly turned over we were jumping up and down so much. …

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