Geraint Thomas: Tour de France champion rules out Giro d’Italia bid

Geraint Thomas will miss out on May’s Giro d’Italia to be “in the best shape possible” for July’s Trip de France.

In 2014 Thomas came to be the third Briton to win the Tour, adhering to 4 victories by Team Skies team-mate Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins’ 2012 win.

” The Giro seems like unfinished business as well as I wished to consider that,” said Thomas, that collapsed while in second area at the 2017 race.

” Maybe I’ll race it next year however this year has always had to do with the Trip.”

Thomas and also Froome said they would certainly not race in Italy when introducing their 2019 plans last month.

Froome, the 2018 Giro victor, told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that the 2019 training course would match Thomas however the Welshman stated: “I did not want to jeopardise the chances of the Tour for anything this year.

” As protecting champ I feel as if I need to go back as well as wish to remain in the best form feasible.”

On the Giro route, he included: “It’s appealing, specifically with three time trials, although they are hilly.”

The Giro – the very first of the year’s 3 Grand Tours – runs from 11 May to 2 June, and the Trip from 6-28 July.

  • Geraint Thomas and spouse Sara on his Trip de France triumph

Thomas begins his 2019 period in the five-stage Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in southerly Spain from Wednesday, 6 February. It will be his initial race given that the Scenic tour of Britain last September.

The 32-year-old is likewise targeting success at the Road Globe Championships time trial in September in Yorkshire as well as the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after winning gold medals on the track in the group pursuit squads at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Gamings.

” I still have some large objectives as well as targets to obtain me out of bed in the morning,” included Thomas.

The Group Sky set up will disappear at the end of this year with Sky ending its sponsorship of the team.

Considering that 2010 the group has actually won the Scenic tour de France 6 times, with Thomas, Wiggins and also Froome.

” We just need to concentrate on riding our bikes however we have every belief we need to have the ability to locate another sponsor,” stated Thomas.

” We want the group to stay together as well as I have been right here since the beginning in 2010. It seems like family and also we intend to stick together.”

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