Geraint Thomas 'will be very happy going to the Tour de France as a support rider', says Ineos Grenadiers' Rod Ellingworth

Ellingworth also backs the team to start winning big once Lady Luck falls their way

Geraint Thomas
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Geraint Thomas will be satisfied to race this summer's Tour de France as a domestique, according to Ineos Grenadiers' deputy team principal Rod Ellingworth.

Many expected the Welshman, who won the Tour in 2018, would be the British team's leader at July's race in the aftermath of Egan Bernal's January crash, but in recent weeks it has became apparent that the 35-year-old faces a fight to be even selected for the race. Adam Yates is now expected to lead Ineos.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.