It took Geraint Thomas or 'G' for short, 83 hours, 17 minutes and 13 seconds to win The Tour de France. That's a fact you can find on our poster Geraint Thomas - Tour de France Cycling Poster, which celebrates his 2018 Tour de France victory.
83 hours is a fair effort to win anything in Sport, but you can also bolt on 3,351 km of distance and the small matter of a total climb of 44,465 metres!
It's always a phenomenal effort and it's worth remembering that Mark Cavendish's four victories on the final stage of the Tour de France could only be achieved by him hurting for that amount of time, distance and climb.
Thomas is a consummate professional having won 2 Olympic Gold medals on the track and been a road pro since 2006. He's also a popular bloke in the Peloton and in an age when cyclist's interviews are invariably non-descript and the very model of diplomacy, G comes across like your likeable club colleague who's ready to crack a joke or to sum up his Stage 12 win with 'Alpe D'Huex man! Phew'.
Another factor behind this popular win was the number of people who were screaming at the TV 'Don't fall G!' when negotiating the last potential hazard when descending the giant Aubisque on Stage 19. G, alas had form when it came to accidents on the road, not least his head first collision with a telegraph pole during the 2017 Tour and his retirement in the 2017 Giro d'Italia.
For 2018 it all came together beautifully, when his form and continued strength in the mountains saw him take on the leader's role of Team Sky, when Chris Froome's power began to diminish.
So our poster is a tribute to a great athlete with each stage recorded in terms of the finishing position and General Classification as well the contour of each Stage. The centre section carries a stylised map of France showing the geographic location of each Stage. A poster that took almost as long as G's Tour, although without the lung busting need to climb 44,465 metres.