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WALES: Newly crowned Geranit Thomas to carry flag

Wales' Geraint Thomas

Wales' Geraint Thomas

Newly crowned road-race champion Geraint Thomas will carry the flag for Wales at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony on Sunday night.

The 28-year-old from Cardiff confirmed after completing the 12-lap, 168-kilometres undulating course in the torrential rain that he had been asked to lead out Team Wales at Hampden Park in the Glasgow 2014 finale.

“Darren Tudor, our coach, told me this morning, just before our start, that Wales wanted me to carry the flag,” he said on BBC1. “That’ll be a massive honour.

“It’s just as good as winning a race, being able to carry that flag at the closing ceremony. It means a lot to me and my family.”

Thomas, who finished the Tour de France last Sunday, clinched time-trial bronze on Thursday and secured victory on the streets of Glasgow on Sunday afternoon despite twice suffering front-wheel punctures - including in the last six kilometres as his rivals neared.

His triumph made him Wales’ fifth gold medallist of the Games, after rhythmic gymnast Francesca Jones, judoka Natalie Powell and swimmers Georgia Davies and Jazz Carlin. Wales won 36 medals in all.

 

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