Geraint Thomas ‘getting in the groove’ at 2019 Tour de France

The Welshman says he's ready to take on the mountains as the Tour rolls on

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The Ineos strategy for flat days like stage four into Nancy is simple and well-tested – try to stay out of trouble, gather at the front of bunch when it threatens, then let the sprinters scrap for the spoils once inside the final three kilometres.

Almost the only time Ineos’s burgundy jerseys were very apparent at the sharp end of the peloton was in the final half dozen kilometres, when Michał Kwiatkowski hammered along for the best part of two kilometres with a line of team-mates on his wheel. Once the Pole pulled aside, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal stayed out of trouble, another stage completed, another day closer to the first significant mountain test at La Planche des Belles Filles on Thursday.

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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.