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Sir Bradley Wiggins on how Geraint Thomas's life will change after Tour de France win

Winning the yellow jersey is "bigger than the Olympics" says the only other Briton to have won both...

Sir Bradley Wiggins has spoken of how Geraint Thomas’s life will change following his Tour de France triumph yesterday, saying it’s “bigger than the Olympics.”

As the first British rider to win the Tour de France, his victory coming in 2012, and owner of five Olympic gold medals – one, in the team pursuit at Beijing in 2008 secured riding alongside the Welshman, Wiggins is well-placed to offer his former Team Sky colleague advice.

Speaking in the fourth and final episode of The Bradley Wiggins Show for Eurosport, which you can watch in full below, Wiggins said: “He’ll feel the same inside, but people’s perception of him will change everything will be different from now on.

“He won’t be able to walk down the street in Wales now without people coming up to him. I think he may now be Wales’ biggest sports star.”

He continued: “I think winning the Tour is bigger than the Olympics. With the Olympics you share the honour with others, and would have been further down the pecking order with Mo Farah, and others higher up.

“But here it’s all about Geraint. We’ve watched it evolve over three weeks. We’ve seen it build up, we’ve watched him every day with that raw emotion.

“As the next few weeks go on, I think the public will want to get to know him more. He’s an incredible guy with a great sense of humour. Get a pint in him and he is the life and soul of the party.”

Wiggins cautioned however that Thomas would not be able to be perhaps as much the life and soul of the party than he may have been in the past.

He said: “He’ll probably have a few drinks tonight at a team meal. Normally they’d be getting pretty wasted but Dave and the team will be telling him: be careful now because you are the winner of the Tour de France, you can’t roll round on the floor and be sick like you have done in the past, you’re the winner of the Tour de France now because you’ll be in the papers tomorrow morning.”

Wiggins added: “Everything you do now becomes a news story. You discover that pretty quickly.”

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Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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