Geraint Thomas has had a year filled with so many victories, starting from his win in Paris-Nice and Volta ao Algarve. 2016 has been the most successful year throughout his career.
Thomas (Team Sky) claimed his biggest victory earlier this year in Paris-Nice stage race and won the Volta ao Algarve for the second time. However it was not all smooth for him as he suffered crashes at the Tour de France and the Olympic Games.
The Welshman wrote about his mixed fortune on a blog post on the Protect Your Bubbles Insurance website:
“This year went well, all in all. I had the biggest win of my career with Paris-Nice and defended my Algarve title which I won in 2015. It wasn’t all plain sailing.”
Thomas experience a season characterized with many ups and down. He suffered a crashed during Milan-San Remo, and entered the Tour of Flanders after what he described as a ‘tough couple of weeks,’ finishing 12th in Flanders.
Thomas performance dropped at the Tour de Suisse, after he suffered a cold in June. His health condition affected preparations for the Tour de France in July. All hopes of finishing the Tour at the top were tarnished when he suffered an early crash. Read more »
Geraint Thomas would be reportedly leading Sky for E3 Harelbeke. The Classics cobbled campaign is scheduled to start from 27th of March & would be running across Paris-Roubaix on 12th April.
“Geraint would be leading Sky this Friday”, stated Servais Knaven, the Team Sky Sports Director.
“He is fantastic shape at present, that was evident from his great performance in Algarve, Paris-Nice & in San Remo. It’s going to be a huge hit for Thomas in classics.”
The race would be covering around 215.3 kms & would include several cobbled areas & climbs prior to its conclusion in the main square of Harelbeke.
Before the heavy downpour on Thursday, Geraint & his Sky mates previewed last 70 kms of the race yet skipped the hard Paterberg & Kwaremont climbs.
Thomas started the 2014 season with grand style, winning the Volta Algarve overall & riding high in the Paris-Nice championship in spite of his “stupid crash” & spearheaded Milan-San Remo in closing stage over Poggio.
“I am hopeful to channelize this form in a positive way”, stated Thomas.”Hopefully we will be able to come up with something in upcoming 3 weeks.”
According to Knaven, Thomas is pretty light & climbing with best efforts yet he is a classics rider still. Read more »
Geraint Thomas, the 28 years old welsh professional cyclist became the overall winner of Volta ao Algrave this year. This victory is sure to increase the confidence of the Welsh cyclist. Geraint Thomas will take part in competitions this spring and he will also be participating in the classics races this year.
Geraint Thomas became the winner of Volta ao Algrave on Sunday, 22nd February. Andre Greipel, the 32 years old German cyclist who rides for the Belgian professional cycling team Lotto Soudal became the winner of the last day’s sprint but Thomas managed to win the yellow jersey which is awarded to the champion of the overall category. In Portugal, Thomas managed to perform in a splendid manner.
In the second stage of the race, Geraint Thomas became the winner of the solo race and a day after that, he became the champion in the Individual Time Trial category. The stage of the race that took place on the next day was won by Richie Porte, 30 years old Australian Professional Cyclist who rides for the British Team Sky. Thomas said that the Australian Cyclist had the leading position before the race but in spite of that he decided to take a chance and finally he was able to secure for himself the title of the overall leader of the race. Thomas said that everything went smoothly. Read more »
Reigning Tour France champ Vincenzo Nibali has stressed that won’t be leaving his team in spite of continuous doping allegations that have hit the Astana World Tour & Continental teams over the last few months this year.
Once again, Vincenzo lashed out at Valentin & Maxim Iglinskiy, the brother duo on his world Tour squad who came positive for consuming banned performance enhancing drugs last summer & the 3 cyclists in Astana Continental who failed in abnabolic steroid tests.
All total there have been 5 doping disclosures from Astana this year which is definitely a huge blow to the reputation of any sports team. Such a scandalous stance has put the Kazak team’s World Tour status under question leading to serious scanning from UCI. UCI License Commission has been asked the previous month to “undergo a comprehensive review on Astana Pro anti-doping & management policies.” Read more »
Sanne Cant of the Enertherm-BKCP team became the winner of the Women’s race this Saturday at Koksijde UCI Cyclocross World cup. Sabrina Stuliens from Netherlands got the second place and Sophie de Boer, also a Dutch, got the third place. Stultiens finished six seconds ahead of de Boer. There are altogether six stops in this World Cup and Koksijde is the second stop.
Cant said afterwards that she thought that she was fit for the race but she doesn’t consider her performance to be better than the second place and the third place holders. She said that her plan for the race was good and further added that if one is fit then naturally they are in a very advantageous position. The course of the race was difficult and some parts of it were sandy which slowed the race and also caused many riders to crash or made them get off their bikes and carry their bikes through the sandy parts.
Cant also said that the sandy parts were indeed difficult. She said that in spite of being at the front, she found it hard to create distance between her and the riders who were behind her. She said that she did manage to create that distance in the last lap of the race. Cant also said that she can ride well in the sand but in this race she found it difficult to ride as there were so many sandy parts and also because the sand was dry.
Katie Compton, an American rider, suffered asthma attacks and allergy problems during the race because of which she got the 10th place. Compton said afterwards that she recently recovered from illness and hence wasn’t adequately fit for the race. According to her, the asthma attack and her fitness problems along with the tough sandy parts of the race were the reasons for which she could not go as fast as she could.