Press Association / Justine Griffiths
Welsh Tour de France legend has had the most incredible and memorable 2018 in which he has achieved the Welsh Cycling Outstanding Achievement Award along with the Welsh and BBC Sports Personality of the Year.
Geraint Thomas has added yet another outstanding accolade to his 2018 year of achievements as he receives an OBE in the New Year Honours List.
The latest honour comes 10 years after Geraint was awarded an MBE following his success in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he won the first of his two Olympic golds in the team pursuit on the track.
Geraint has made his mark this year on the road, with his Tour win following victory at the prestigious Criterium du Dauphine in June.
"This is an amazing honour," Geraint said.
"2018 will always be a year I remember for everything I achieved around both the Dauphine and especially the Tour.
"This is the icing on the cake and I am so grateful to everyone who played a part in helping me get recognised once again.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing what 2019 has in store, as we look to create more history as a team."
Geraint’s WIN at the Tour de France was celebrated throughout Wales with ‘G’s Homecoming an outstanding success in Cardiff City Centre. His control of back-to-back summit finish victories in La Rosiere and Alpe d'Huez, had the nation on the edge of their seats as they witnessed Geraint ride to victory during the peak of the summer months.
Geraint never allowed any pressure to show as he kept himself composed on and off the bike, with the emotion only breaking through when victory was effectively confirmed after a time trial on the penultimate day of the Tour and when he came across the finish line to meet wife Sara.
Anne Adams-King CEO at Welsh Cycling said “Geraint is an inspiration to riders young and old, we have been so proud to see his hard work, effort and commitment through the years culminate in such a rewarding honour. We wish Geraint the best of Congratulations and look forward to continue our work with Geraint to develop initiatives to inspire more and more children into racing”.
Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns paid tribute to Thomas' achievements.