Geraint Thomas: "Last year's Tour de France opened my eyes. There lies my future"

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas says he will only race the Tour of Flanders in this year's cobbled campaign, preferring instead to focus on stage races

Welshman Geraint Thomas has his eye on big races later on this season, but isn't ruling out putting in an effort during the TdU

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Geraint Thomas will not defend his E3 Harelbeke title in March, with his desire to transform into a Grand Tour contender necessitating his move away from one-day racing.

The Welshman showed his stage race potential last season with a win at the Volta ao Algarve and a sensationally strong ride at the Tour de France, leading many people to tip him as a future Grand Tour winner.

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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.