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1st year Journalism Student at the University of Queensland. Follow just about every Queensland-based team, regardless of code. Lover of all sports.

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Fittler said on the Sunday Footy Show a couple of weeks back that he was never going to be considered this year, but that he may come into contention for a spot in the next year or two if things stay as they are (on and off the field).

After Women in League Round, we need to talk about Matt Lodge. Again

Well, that just about wraps it up for tonight. Thanks for joining The Roar’s live coverage of the 2018 Tour de France and I hope you have enjoyed every single moment!

Special thanks to the other members of the team, Scott Pryde and Ryan Day, for the late nights spent covering the race.

On behalf of the team, it’s been a pleasure covering the race for you. Au Revoir, farewell, and see you next year!

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

And here are the words of the man who has pulled off perhaps the biggest win in Welsh sporting history, Geraint Thomas:

When I rode it for the first time, 2007, that was insane, just to finish the race and just to be part of it. And now to be riding around winning it, you’ve got to pinch yourself. I think it won’t sink in for a few months. For now it’s a whirlwind. I just seem to be floating around, on cloud nine.

Maybe when I’m like 70, sat in a corner of a pub telling some 18-year-old what I used to be. It’s just incredible. It’s the stuff of dreams.

It’s insane. I stayed off Twitter for most of the race. I didn’t want to get distracted. I went on last night and it was insane to see the response from back home. The amount of well-wishers, compliments from fellow riders and fellow sportsmen from Wales, people I’ve always looked up to, rugby players. It’s insane. I really appreciate all that support. It’s incredible.“

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Here are Kristoff’s thoughts on his stage win:

“It’s a dream come true. I’ve dreamt about this victory for many years. I’ve been close many times before but never managed to beat the faster guys like Cavendish, Greipel, or Kittel, but today they’re not here, they’re out after the mountains, and today I was the fastest, so I’m super happy!

“I was a bit far back after the tunnel but I was with [Roberto] Ferrari then Trek did a really good lead-out from behind and I managed to get John’s wheel. I started in a good position and passed John, and it was still far out, but I saw nobody, and in the last 20 metres I was sure I was going to win. I’m so happy I managed to do it.”

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Here is the stage result:

1. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates 02:46:36
2. John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
3. Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
4. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
5. Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
6. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors
7. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
8. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe
9. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
10. Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

No changes to the Top 10 overall.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

GERAINT THOMAS WINS THE 2018 TOUR DE FRANCE.

It’s an historic day for Welsh cycling as Thomas makes it through unscathed.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

It’s been a long wait for a third Tour stage win for Alexander Kristoff. After promising so much in his breakthrough 2014 Tour, where he won two stages, he had subsequently failed to register a result over the next three Tours and looked like making it a fourth winless race in a row this year. Many questioned whether he’d ever win another Tour stage. All that doesn’t matter now though, today he is the champion on the Champs Elysees!

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Arnaud Demare put in a good effort but came up third. Just timed it too late in the end.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Degenkolb went first but Kristoff came over the top and it was the European champion who has won his first Tour stage in four years!

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

ALEXANDER KRISTOFF WINS STAGE 21

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Lampaert caught.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Peloton bringing him back gradually but will it be too late?

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Belgian champion Yves Lampaert makes his move and he’ll be hard to stop with a kilometre to go.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

3km to go

Attack

Marco Marcado of UAE Emirates goes and he’s followed by Daniel Oss and Yves Lampaert.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

Bahrain-Merida attempting to move up to the front. They’ll be wanting Sonny Colbrelli to finally bring home the bacon after a string of second place results this year and last.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

4.5km to go

Multiple teams now trying to make it to the front.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

6km to go

It was a valiant effort from Politt but he’s been caught by the peloton, led by Bauke Mollema who is working for Trek and John Degenkolb. It’s been great to see the climbers working so hard on the flat.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

8km to go

Attack

Nils Politt looks back at the oncoming peloton and makes a last-ditch effort.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

8.5km to go

Rafal Majka gradually bringing the break back for Bora.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

2 circuits to go. I don’t think they’ll be able to make it.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

10km to go

Alaphillipe’s move is quickly shut down though, and the break’s advantage is reduced to 10 seconds.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

11km to go

Attack

Julian Alaphillippe now on the move with a Fortuneo rider! When was the last time we saw the KOM leader attack on the Champs-Elysees?

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

13km to go

Nils Politt now on the front for the breakaway in response to a drop of about 5 seconds in their advantage. He restores parity and the gap is back to 19 seconds.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog

15km to go

The addition of some extra help at the front of the peloton has reduced the break’s advantage to 20 seconds.

Tour de France 2018: Stage 21 live blog