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Geraint Thomas | 06:44 UK time, Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Being a part of Bradley Wiggins's Paris-Nice win last week was amazing and as much a victory for me as for him.

Paris-Nice is a massive race and it has history. To go there as part of a British team, riding for Brad all week, and for him to finish it off in the time trial is a great feeling.

For the first time, I took on the role of road captain, calling any shots if we needed to ride or if something went wrong. My job meant being near Brad the whole week, protecting him, sheltering him from the wind and keeping him near the front, out of the way of any crashes.

There were a few days when the wind and crashes played quite a crucial part - fortunately we were at the front and pretty vigilant the whole time. Once we got into the high mountains, that was my job done and the climbers in the team looked after him towards the end. I enjoyed having that extra responsibility and it couldn't have gone better.

But I left before Sunday's time trial so I could recover in time to start training on the track for London 2012 this week and it felt strange leaving everyone behind.

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