Geraint Thomas: I felt the pressure a lot more in second Algarve victory

Geraint Thomas sealed his second successive Volta ao Algarve title on Sunday and says second time round there was a lot more pressure on him to perform

Geraint Thomas after stage 5 of the 2016 Volta ao Algarve (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Geraint Thomas knew what it would take to win the Volta ao Algarve, having claimed victory 12 months ago, but heading into the 2016 race as the clear team leader led to a lot more pressure on his shoulders.

Last year, Team Sky's Thomas teamed up with Richie Porte as joint leaders, but with the Australian coming off a strong performance at the Tour Down Under Thomas could have slipped under the radar a little.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.