If Geraint Thomas wins Paris-Nice on Sunday he’s sure to have a big following watching his triumph in his homeland, as broadcaster S4C announces it will show the final stage live with Welsh commentary.
Presented by former professional rugby player Rhodri Gomer, Seiclo will show live coverage of the stage in Nice, which will probably end in a bunch sprint.
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As well as Paris-Nice, S4C will also be showing live coverage of races such as Paris-Roubaix, La Flèche Wallone and Liege-Bastogne-Liege – races in which Thomas and fellow Welshman Luke Rowe will be looking to impress.
Gomer said, “I’m looking forward to seeing how they’re all performing and how Geraint Thomas gets on. Over the last 18 months he has progressed to the highest level and I think the other teams will see him as more of a threat now, so perhaps the pressure on him has increased a bit.”
He added: “Last year was Geraint’s best ever Tour de France and he played a key role in Team Sky and Chris Froome’s success. He spent a lot of time at the front of the peloton protecting Froome and that is perhaps why he fell out of the top 10 after 19 stages. This year is a big one for him and these spring races will be vital to his preparations.”
The great news for cycling fans in the UK – even those who don’t speak Welsh – is that S4C is available to watch live on the BBC iPlayer, as well as on Virgin TV – 166, Freesat channel 120 and Sky channel 134 outside of Wales.