Geraint Thomas says he's only one kilo away from optimum Tour weight and is now 'more confident than ever'

The Brit is looking toward defending his Tour de France title in July

Geraint Thomas on stage one of the Tour de Romandie 2019 (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Fresh off the back of an altitude training camp in Tenerife, Geraint Thomas (Ineos) has said he is "more confident than ever" that he will be able to defend his Tour de France title, as he returns to the competitive form that saw him on the top step of the Champs-Élysées podium last July.

On the start-line in Brussels next month the Welshman will line-up against rivals such as Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Richie Porte (Trek-Segafredo), and Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma), not to mention team-mate and four-time winner Chris Froome.

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