'I'm a lot better than three weeks ago' - Geraint Thomas confident about progression towards Giro d'Italia

The Ineos Grenadiers rider looked strong on the first climbing test of Tirreno-Adriatico

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Geraint Thomas is confident in his progression towards the Giro d’Italia, as he looked strong in the first climbing test of Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Ineos Grenadiers rider is racing in Italy to prepare for his leadership duties at the Giro next month, which his now major goal after missing the Tour de France.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.