Tom Boonen backs Geraint Thomas to defend Tour de France title

Boonen says the strength of Ineos means Thomas won't suffer as much in the final week, which could prove crucial

Geraint Thomas on stage one of the Tour de France 2019 (Marco Bertorello/AFP/Getty Images)

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Former world champion and classics star Tom Boonen has named Geraint Thomas as his favourite to win the Tour de France thanks to the Welshman's strong Ineos team and willpower.

Thomas, after winning in 2018, leads Ineos in the 2019 edition with Colombian Egan Bernal. Boonen, watching his progression since they were rivals in the classics, tips the 33 year old for the title.

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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.