>>> Geraint Thomas results and rider profile

Nationality: British
Date of birth: May 25, 1986
Height: 183cm
Weight: 71kg
Team: Sky
Twitter: @GeraintThomas86

Geraint Thomas is a cornerstone of Team Sky, having proven his ability in the spring classics and playing an integral role in their Tour de France team. Thomas is also a double Olympic champion as part of Great Britain’s winning team pursuit quartet in both Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

The Welshman picked up cycling with the Maindy Flyers in Wales; taking the club’s newcomers’ track record was an inspiration to continue, which he did racing across the country with the club. After winning two national titles as a teenager, Thomas progressed rapidly going on to silver in the points race at the European track championships.

Watch: Geraint Thomas – Where it all began

The Welshman joined the British Cycling Olympic Academy in 2005, after impressing many with his 2004 Junior Paris-Roubaix win riding for the South East centre of excellence.

Thomas turned professional on the road with the Barloworld team in 2007, where he rode and finished his first Tour de France.

At Team Sky, Thomas has shown himself as a man of many talents, excelling at cobbled Classics, short stage races and as a super domestique in Grand Tours.

At the time, he described his win at E3 Harelbeke in 2015 as his best yet and his strong performance put him among the favourites for the rest of the cobbled Classics, although he couldn’t come away with a win.

But his stage racing form throughout 2015, particularly a 15th place finish at the Tour de France, has prompted Thomas to focus his efforts on the multi-day races in 2016, with even the possibility to lead the British team in a Grand Tour.

Sky’s confidence in Thomas’s leadership ability was rewarded with a landmark win in the 2016 edition of Paris-Nice, where he finished four seconds ahead of Alberto Contador.

Major wins: Paris-Nice 2016 | E3 Harelbeke 2015 | Commonwealth Games RR 2014

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