Bale, Warburton and now Geraint Thomas: the state school on a fast track to sporting glory

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The racing cyclist is part of an amazing array of talent to hail from a comprehensive in Cardiff

The hall of fame in Wales’s largest comprehensive school is about 15 metres long. Almost every centimetre is covered with carefully framed photographs of current and former students – including Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale and former Welsh rugby international Sam Warburton – excelling in everything from bowls and shooting to swimming and athletics.

But Whitchurch high school in north Cardiff will have to make space for one more picture if, as expected, another former pupil, Geraint Thomas, crosses the finish line on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on Sunday evening to become the first Welshman and only the third British rider to win cycling’s most prestigious road race since it began in 1903.

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