Racing in Yorkshire is all the motivation Geraint Thomas needs

Cycling Weekly spoke to Geraint Thomas in the build up to the UCI World Championships in Yorkshire where the Ineos rider will target the TT, but admits he's been struggling to pick himself back up after one of the toughest Tours in years.

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It is half past four in the afternoon, but Geraint Thomas sounds like he’s just woken up when he answers the call from Cycling Weekly. “Sorry, I forgot you were going to ring,” he says. “I’d dropped off for a bit. I’ve not long been home after travelling back from the Tour of Germany, and the racing there and the journey afterwards has taken a toll, to be honest.”

The weariness in the Welshman’s voice is evident and is, he admits, a symptom of his very different approach to the post-Tour de France phase of the racing season. Usually, he winds down steadily during August and September, having peaked for July. This year, though, he is building towards another major objective, with his sights now set on the World Championships in Yorkshire. He is, he admits, hoping to gain selection for the time trial and the road race, but it is the former that is his principal focus. “Training for that is what’s been getting me out of bed in the morning,” he says. “I’ve been keen to keep training because the Worlds are on home ground and as a consequence they’re a big goal for me.”

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.