'He had the motor, but I couldn't see him winning a Grand Tour': Remembering Geraint Thomas's Barloworld years

The 2018 Tour de France winner showed promise in his early days, but no one expected him to contend for a Grand Tour

Geraint Thomas at the 2008 Giro d'Italia (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Geraint Thomas's first professional years were with Barloworld – the team saw he had a motor, but never guessed a Grand Tour win was possible.

The Welshman, winner of the 2018 Tour de France, rode with Barloworld for three seasons, from 2007 to 2009, before joining Team Sky.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.