'We've got cards to play': Geraint Thomas looks ahead to week two of the Tour de France

Super Planche des Belles Filles sees the first mountain showdown between the GC riders, as Pogačar wins again

Geraint Thomas
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'We've got cards to play and the legs to do it' was Geraint Thomas's statement of intent as the Ineos Grenadiers team looks ahead to a mountainous weekend in the Tour de France.

He was talking after stage seven to Super Planche des Belles Filles on Friday, which saw Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates) win his second consecutive stage on the ultra-steep gravel finish, lunging past Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) in the final metres.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.