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Geraint Thomas, Team Sky Cyclist, Wins Tour Down Under 2013 Stage To Take Lead

23/01/2013 13:07 GMT | Updated 23/01/2013 13:10 GMT

Geraint Thomas, Team Sky Cyclist and Olympic gold medalist, has clocked up an important stage win at the Tour Down Under.

Thomas, 26, secured victory after his attack on Corkscrew Hill during stage two of the opening race of the World Tour. He then out-sprinted his competition to cross the line in first place.

Afterwards he said: "It was a good day and I felt good from the start.

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Thomas celebrates as he wins stage two of the Tour Down Under

"The boys looked after me and worked well for me all day, and yesterday. I've worked hard all the winter, and since the track all I've been thinking about is the road.

"This year that's what kept me racing after the Games. After Beijing I was out having a lash for a few months, but this time I was straight back on the road thinking about this year."

Meanwhile, world champion Philippe Gilbert lost any hope of winning the stage and potentially the tour after crashing late in the day.