Geraint Thomas seals Tour de France, Simone Biles' winning return: The weekend's talking points

Double Olympic champion claims first Grand Tour cycling race

Olympic gold medallists were out in force this weekend.

The 105th edition of the Tour de France concluded with its customary sprint finish.

The U.S. Classic gymnastics saw a four-time Olympic champion return to action in Ohio.

There was also a star-studded field at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Edmonton.

Geraint Thomas makes Tour history

Geraint Thomas became the Tour de France's first Welsh winner.

The double Olympic champion survived the final, largely ceremonial leg into Paris, sealing his first Grand Tour win.

The riders began in the French capital's countryside before finishing on the fan-lined cobblestone streets of the Champs Elysees.

"It won’t really sink in for a few months, it’s just a whirlwind now. I seem to be floating around on cloud nine." - Geraint Thomas to reporters.

As the General Classification leader after the penultimate stage, the 32-year-old enjoyed a leisurely, unchallenged ride on the final day.

Team Sky increased their grip on cycling's most prestigious prize with a sixth title in seven years.

With Thomas' victory secure, Norway's Alexander Kristoff won the exciting sprint finish for UAE Team Emirates.

Simone Biles is back in business

After two years out of competition, Simone Biles picked up right where she left off at the U.S. Classic.

The American entered the all-around event, and was understandably nervous to begin with.

After such a long absence from gymnastics, the four-time Olympic champion went out of bounds on the floor exercise.

But Biles eventually found her golden form, and stormed back to seal the title.

Next up for the four-time national champion is the U.S. national championships in Boston next month.

Can anyone stop Mario Mola?

Spain's Mario Mola defended his ITU World Series Triathlon Edmonton crown in an exciting finish.

The in-form world champion hunted down Kristian Blummenfelt and passed the Norwegian in the final lap of the run.

Mola's fourth-consecutive WTS podium helped consolidate his position atop the World Series rankings.

The women's event was won by Olympic bronze medallist Vicky Holland.

The Brit dominated the run, finishing 11 seconds clear of the rest of the field.

She now moves up to second in the overall rankings, behind American Katie Zaferes.

England keep World Cup hopes alive

Women's Hockey World Cup hosts England beat Ireland 1-0 to stay in the tournament.

The game-winning goal came from Giselle Ansley's 53rd-minute shot from a penalty corner.

Ireland had already qualified for the quarter-finals as group winners, but were found wanting against a team featuring several Great Britain gold medallists.

England will next play South Korea in the crossover phase, with the winner taking on Rio 2016 silver medallists the Netherlands in the quarters.

Elsewhere, Olympic bronze medallists Germany beat Spain to seal top spot in their group and a quarter-final berth.

Other weekend winners

Swimming: There was a world record for Kathleen Baker at the US Championships, as Simone Manuel also made her mark.

Tennis: Italy's Matteo Berrettini beat Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 7-6, 6-4 in the Swiss Open.

Tennis: Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili beat Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-4, 0-6, 7-5 in the German Open Hamburg.

Golf: England's Richard McEvoy won the European Open with -11.

Golf: Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand won the Ladies Scottish Open with -13.

Esports: London Spitfire won the first Overwatch League Grand Finals.

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