United News International (UNI)- History was made Sunday, July 29 when U.K. cyclist Geraint Thomas crossed the finish line at the Champs-Elysees in Paris, becoming the first Welshman to win the Tour de France.

His victory was a sheer formality by the end, with Thomas leading the way in the 21st and final lap with a minute and 51 second advantage over second place winner Tom Dumoulin.

Team Sky teammate and four-time winner Chris Froome followed in third, crossing the finish line arm-in-arm with Thomas as they celebrated the victory.

At the podium ceremony after his victory, Thomas draped the Welsh flag around his shoulders, saying, “It’s going to take a while to sink in.”

Team Sky faced backlash throughout the race after an alleged doping scandal involving Froome.

Although he was cleared of any doping before the race, spectators took to the sidelines of the race to spit and jeer at Team Sky members.