It is the hope of Geraint Thomas that he would be able to build a Girod’Italia title as he looks forward to sharpen his time trialing prowess. This move is in line with his intention to target and secure a first Grand Tour podium place.

Announcing his intention, the two-time team pursuit Olympic champion will be skipping the spring classics. This is to enable him give a shot at the Giro.

Thomas has led the plans of Team Sky at theBelgian classics and the early-season Monuments in previous seasons. However, he switched focus up to stage racing where he helped Chris Froome win the Tour de France on three different occasions.

In the past two seasons, he has been able to achieve a best finish position of 15th at the Le Tour. Observers who followed his performance at La Grande Boucle were left thinking that he had a fair shot at a Grand Tour podium.

The 30 year old hopes that this year’s Giro where he would put in a 67km of individual time trialing would be enough to hand him a strong base from which he can strategize a push for the Maglia Rosa.

In Italy, Thomas is set to form a two-pronged Team Sky attack. Dario Cioni, the sporting director of the Team Sky while speaking to Cycling Weekly, made it known that Thomas will be getting a realistic shot at the podium at the end of this year’s course.

Compared to the past editions of the Giro [this route] is missing the crazy steep climbs. We’ve still got really, really hard stages [but] you’re missing the vertical wall.

“I think for him, his goal is to gain time in the time trials and defend himself on the mountain stages,” he finished.