Geraint Thomas: Returning to Tour de France as champion is a 'much more intense' experience

The defending Tour champion says the biggest change is he now gets asked many more questions, especially in the absence of Chris Froome

Geraint Thomas at the start of stage 10 of the Tour de France 2019 (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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Geraint Thomas (Ineos) has said that returning to the Tour de France as defending champion has been a much more "intense" experience, one that has been amplified by the absence of team-mate and fellow Tour winner Chris Froome.

Speaking on his new podcast with fellow Welshman and Ineos rider Luke Rowe, the pair discuss the opening week of the Tour, sharing the frustrations and anxieties of being involved in the biggest race of the year.

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