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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.