Early caution and wardrobe issues as Geraint Thomas gets his Tour bid underway in Copenhagen

2018 winner forgets to take his gilet off before losing confidence through the wet corners

2022 Tour de France
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It wasn’t exactly the start he wanted, but 2018 winner Geraint Thomas ticked off the first stage of the Tour de France without any serious drama in the Copenhagen rain and only lost a handful of seconds to his main rivals. 

There was plenty of anticipation around his Ineos Grenadiers team's TT push as the project, now lead by aerodynamicist Dan Bigham, has brought together new Pinarello Bolide TT frames and wheels from US brand Princeton CarbonWorks. Despite this, and  hours of testing producing reams of data, Thomas’s ride was a reminder, if one was needed, that it’s all down to the rider.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.