Geraint Thomas: 'I had the best run into the Tour I've had, it's not like I've suddenly become a crap rider'

After a run of bad luck, the Welshman wants to shake up his regular race programme and enjoy his last few years in the peloton, as well as remaining in the hunt for victories

Geraint Thomas
(Image credit: Getty)

Even if you hadn't seen Geraint Thomas posting pictures of himself on Instagram back on his bike after the longest off-season of his career - three and a half week's holiday before his shoulder operation demanded a further three weeks off - the fact he's on this Zoom call lying horizontally (as all good cyclists should do when they're not on the bike) is proof that he's back training. Still in the game and not done just yet.

Those Instagram photos are the tip of the iceberg for the 2018 Tour de France winner's off-the-bike duties. Thomas is the 10th most-followed pro on social media, a total of 1.2 million followers across all platforms, the equivalent of nearly half the population of his native Wales. On top of that he has not one but two podcasts on the go, the fabulously-named Watts Occurring with team-mate Luke Rowe and his newer, eponymous Geraint Thomas Cycling Club

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.