Thomas inspires girl’s Ventoux climb

Image copyright Phil Walton Image caption Kitty trained on the hills in the Swansea valley in preparation for her ride

Geraint Thomas’s Tour de France win inspired a 10 -year-old girl to cycle up one of the course’s most fearsome mountains.

Phil Walton, 38, and his daughter Kitty cycled up Mont Ventoux while on holiday in the south of France.

The 14 mile( 22 km) climb to the summit of the 1,912 m( 6,273 ft) peak took the pair about three hours on hired bikes.

The Swansea schoolgirl was also tweeted by Thomas, who called her accomplishment “amazing”.

“Ventoux was really hard to climb up, it was really steep – it felt really nice to get to the top because not many people could do that, ” said Kitty, who has been a member of Gower Riders since she was six.

Mr Walton said not only did the pair have to battle gradients approaching nearly 12% in parts, but the temperature was about 32 C( 90 F) when they rode on Thursday.

“I was in awe of Kitty – it was awesome, ” he added.

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