Tour de France - Geraint Thomas: Winning is still not what I’m thinking about
Jul 24 2018 05:55 am CET

Tour de France - Geraint Thomas: Winning is still not what I’m thinking about
Tour de France - Geraint Thomas: Winning is still not what I’m thinking about
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Geraint Thomas is ready to start the third week of the Tour de France in an ideal position for himself and Team Sky.

The Welshman took the Yellow Jersey at the 11th stage of the Grande Boucle and though his position in relation with Chris Froome has been the object of questioning. "Coming here, it was a dream to be in with a shot of getting a podium and that’s still on the cards which is good, but I’m just trying to keep the same mindset as I have from the start," he commented.

"Nico Portal (Sports Director) has the call at the end of the day as he’s the boss, but he asks us [during the race] and he obviously has his opinion and he decides at the end of the day. I think it’s been working really well so far and hopefully, it can continue. Winning is still not what I’m thinking about, I’m still taking it day by day. It’s all about winning this race and as long as one of us wins – that’s the main thing."

But for Thomas, his relationship with Froome goes beyond the race and the team. "We’re good mates and we’ve ridden in the same team together for a few years now, 10 or maybe 11 years, and we’ve generally lived in the same areas too so we’re always training together and we just get on," he explained.

"I’ve learned a lot about his mental strength, the ‘never say die’ attitude and how you deal with everything that’s thrown at you in this race – that’s what’s most impressive.

He and team are ready to tackle the last week of the French grand tour. "I think it’s going to be tough, but it’s going to be unique for sure," Thomas commented. "I think we will expect a lot of attacks from the start and a big, big day. It’s going to be on the hardest climbs, the final climb finishes at altitude so you can’t get too carried away at the start that’s for sure. I’m sure it will be exciting to watch.

"We’ve seen the finals of all three, it’s a tough old finish [on stage 16], then obviously the short stage, which is tough and Thursday sees a lot of climbing and the Tourmalet then down into the finish there. I think it’s going to be war out there. It’s the last mountaintop finish that will prove most decisive."




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