Welshman Geraint Thomas's win in the Volta ao Algarve at the weekend has now elevated him to one of Britain's greatest ever cyclists

Geraint Thomas‘s overall victory in the Volta ao Algarve in Portugal on Sunday has elevated him among Britain’s greatest cyclists in history.

The 29-year-old from Cardiff placed fifth on the final stage to secure the victory in the UCI 2.1-ranked event, and win the race for a second year running.

It is Thomas’s 12th professional victory in his 10-year career so far, which also includes victories in E3 Harelbeke (2015), Bayern-Rundfahrt (2011 and 2014) and the prologue of the 2012 Tour de Romandie.

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Thomas’s tally of wins now puts him in 14th place in Cycling Weekly’s all-time list of British pro winners, ahead of former professionals Roger Hammond and Brian Robinson.

When you also factor in Thomas’s top 10 placings in some of the world’s biggest races, his achievements also put him ahead of the likes of Sean Yates and Malcolm Elliott.

Geraint Thomas in action during the Stage Nine ITTof the 2015 Tour de Suisse

Geraint Thomas is a strong rider against the clock, in the mountains and in the classics, making him a true all-rounder

That, of course, is only taking account of his wins on the road. Thomas also has an enviable record on the track, having struck gold in the team pursuit at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and world titles in the same discipline in 2007, 2008 and 2012.

Despite that long history of top performances, the feeling is that Thomas is really only just hitting his stride on the road. Having joined Team Sky since its inception in 2010, Thomas forged a place as a solid worker who had few opportunities to grab a victory for himself.

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That will change in 2016, as his stand-out performance in last year’s Tour de France while in the service of eventual winner Chris Froome has marked him out as a potential Grand Tour contender in his own right.

Thomas maintained a position in the top 10 overall of the Tour right up until stage 19 when he faded in the day to La Toussuire, and he finished the race in 15th spot.

Sky will give Thomas more opportunities in the coming months to lead the team in shorter stage races. There can be few doubts that he will add to his tally of wins before the year is out, and his place in British cycling history as one of the all-time greats will be assured.

  • Tom Wells

    The difference is that Brad spent most of his childhood in Britain, whereas Froome spent all his life in Africa. I can see why you’d discount Froome but not Wiggo.

    Not saying it’s correct, just why people do.

  • Liz Miller

    So satisfying to have followed Geraint’s progress over the years and see him reaching the pinnacle now. A great rider and a great guy too.

  • Steve

    wiggins was born in belgium, to a british parent, Froome was born in Kenya to british parents….if you discount froome, you have to discount Brad

  • The Awakening

    IMHO, Geraint Thomas has potential for something much bigger than he has already achieved. However, lets not get carried away yet with headlines of, ‘Geraint Thomas continues rise to be one of Britain’s greatest-ever cyclists’. IMHO, that puts unnecessary pressure on him.

    I appreciate it is all about opinions, but if handled correctly, without the unnecessary build up of pressure, Geraint Thomas MAY show very strongly in this years Tour De France. I hope it happens this year, but it may happen next…

  • Jamie Taylor

    I think he is top 5 already – Wiggins, Cav, Simpson, Robert Millar, Gee.

    Yates, Elliot, Boardman in a group behind with Stannard knocking at the door too.
    Froome is Kenyan in my opinion…Only British for a licence and support..

  • Gary Jogela

    I think G is already one of Britain’s greatest ever cyclists.
    Feel free to inform me of where I am going wrong