Geraint Thomas

Nationality: British
Date of birth: May 25, 1986
Height: 183cm
Weight: 71kg
Team: Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky)
Twitter: @GeraintThomas86

Thomas in yellow at the 2018 Tour de France. Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) won the 2018 Tour de Francehaving won stages 11 and the Queen stage 12. He will race the 2019 Tour de France as a joint leader, with Chris Froome.

Thomas showed excellent form in the lead up to the 2018 Tour de France – where he initially supported Chris Froome, with the opportunity to lead for himself should events go well for the Welshmam, which of course they did.

Thomas demonstrated his readiness for the French tour, winning the overall at the established warm-up race the Critérium du Dauphiné as well as the British National Time Trial Championship title.

Thomas is also a double Olympic champion as part of Great Britain’s winning team pursuit quartet in both Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

It was in 2015 that Thomas showed potential as a stage racer, taking 15th place in the Tour de France. In 2016, he entered the race with hopes to better that result – but secured an identical position after racing through a rib fracture sustained during a crash in the first stage.

Watch: Geraint Thomas – Where it all began

The Welshman picked up cycling with the Maindy Flyers in Wales; taking the club’s newcomers’ track record was an inspiration to continue, which he did racing across the country with the club. After winning two national titles as a teenager, Thomas progressed rapidly going on to silver in the points race at the European track championships.

Thomas joined the British Cycling Olympic Academy in 2005, after impressing many with his 2004 Junior Paris-Roubaix win riding for the South East centre of excellence. He turned professional on the road with the Barloworld team in 2007, where he rode and finished his first Tour de France.

At Team Sky, Thomas has shown himself as a man of many talents, excelling at cobbled Classics, short stage races and as a super domestique in Grand Tours.

At the time, he described his win at E3 Harelbeke in 2015 as his best yet and his strong performance put him among the favourites for the rest of the cobbled Classics, although he couldn’t come away with a win.

But his stage racing form throughout 2015, particularly a 15th place finish at the Tour de France, has prompted Thomas to focus his efforts on the multi-day races in 2016, with even the possibility to lead the British team in a Grand Tour.

Sky’s confidence in Thomas’s leadership ability was rewarded with a landmark win in the 2016 edition of Paris-Nice, where he finished four seconds ahead of Alberto Contador.

He also won his second Volta ao Algarve, though the Tour de France and Rio 2016 Olympic Games were less successful.

Though Thomas’ intention for the Tour de France were to better his 15th place of 2015, he actually finished in exactly the same position on GC after crashing in the first stage and fracturing a rib – which of course affected his form going forwards.

A late call up to represent Great Britain in the Rio Olympic time trial could have been a positive development – but a crash on a technical hairpin bend in the road race took away his chance to contest the win. Despite injuries and no specific time trial preparation, Thomas did manage to take nine in the TT a few days later, showing resilience and talent.

At the UCI Road World Championships, Thomas was down to support Cavendish in his quest for the win. However, a puncture at the wrong time took him out the race whilst Cavendish came in for second behind Peter Sagan.

Launching into the 2017 season, Thomas had a successful start – winning the GC at the Tour of the Alps. The early season succcess was a good marker of his form going into the Giro d’Italia, where he started the race as joint leader with Team Sky’s Mikel Landa.

Team Sky placed a clear focus on the GC as opposed to stage wins this year, as made apparent by their choice to leave sprinter Elia Viviani out if the squad. 

The early stages showed promise, with Thomas sitting in second place on the General Classification for several consecutive stages. However, a crash on stage nine saw him and Landa lose minutes, though Thomas did make up some time in the stage ten time trial, taking second place. However, he was eventually forced to abandon due to injuries sustained in the crash.

After being selected to support Chris Froome at the Tour de France the following July, Thomas duly won the opening time trial in a rain-swept Düsseldorf to take the race lead – his first Grand Tour stage win and first time in the yellow jersey.

He maintained the race lead until stage five, when an attack from Italian rider Fabio Aru split a group of GC contenders. Froome moved into the yellow jersey, with Thomas sitting just 12 seconds behind – a position he maintained until a crash forced him out of the race on stage nine. 

Thomas was significantly more successful at the 2018 Tour de France, where he won  stages 11 and the Queen stage 12, moving into the yellow jersey and maintaining the position until the end of the race.

Major wins: Paris-Nice 2016 | E3 Harelbeke 2015 | Commonwealth Games RR 2014 | Tour de France 2018 

Critérium du Dauphiné, general classification
British National Time Trial
Tour de France, general classification

Tour of the Alps, general classification

Paris–Nice, general classification
Volta ao Algarve, general classification

Volta ao Algarve; stage two
Volta ao Algarve; overall
E3 Harelbeke

Bayern Rundfahrt; stage four ITT
Bayern Rundfahrt; overall
Commonwealth Games road race

Tour Down Under; stage two
Tour Down Under; sprint classification

Track World Championships; team pursuit
Tour de Romandie; prologue ITT
Olympic champion; team pursuit

Track World Cup, Manchester, team pursuit
Bayern Rundfahrt; overall
Tour of Britain; points classification
European champion, team pursuit

National champion, road race

National champion, individual pursuit
Track World Cup, Manchester, individual pursuit
Track World Cup, Manchester, team pursuit

World champion team pursuit
Olympic champion team pursuit
Gold medal, team pursuit Manchester World Cup

World champion team pursuit

Fleche du Sud; overall
Fleche du Sud; points classification
Fleche du Sud; stage two
European champion team pursuit

British scratch race champion