by Julie Kissick
UNIVERSITY of Glamorgan graduate, Councillor Peter Bradbury, was one of those welcoming home Tour de France winner, Cardiff-born Geraint Thomas.
Thousands joined in the celebrations on the streets of the capital city as Thomas was officially congratulated by First Minister Carwyn Jones at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay this afternoon.
He then traveled the short distance to Cardiff Castle where a sea of people gathered to mark the fact that he is the first Welshman to win the 21-stage race.
Councillor Bradbury told those in attendance that the turnout proved that Thomas’ achievement had captured the imagination of the people of Cardiff and Wales.
“I think this is the greatest individual sporting achievement by any Welsh athlete. What he has done for his sport you cannot quantify. It’s unbelievable,” he said.
Councillor Bradbury, who graduated with a degree in Media Studies and Sociology at University of Glamorgan, now University of South Wales, is the county councillor for Caerau and a cabinet member for Culture and Leisure.
An estimated 8,000 fans joined in the celebrations.
[All images by Matthew Lofthouse]