Team Sky Team Principal Sir Dave Brailsford has paid tribute to Geraint Thomas with the Welshman now on the brink of Tour de France victory.
With Thomas becoming the third British rider to achieve that following Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, Brailsford has been there from the very start.
Despite taking a handsome advantage into the final 31-kilometre time trial, Brailsford knew Thomas had the experience and nerve to overcome any last-minute jitters.
He explained: "We talked about how he’s ridden in big Olympic finals, and it’s a similar type of day. You have to keep focused on the process and don’t let your mind wander [thinking] ‘what happens if I win, what happens if I lose, what happens if I crash, what happens if it rains, what happens if it doesn’t? What are my competitors going to do?
"I think he was nervous. There’s always going to be a performance anxiety at these events at this level - everyone has it, it’s just human - and it’s how you manage it [which is key]. He’s managed it superbly.
Sir Dave Brailsford
He's shown he was the strongest rider in the race and it was highly improbably he wasn't going to be as strong as them today.