Tour de France - Geraint Thomas: Our only goal is to try and win the Tour
Jul 16 2019 09:16 pm CET

Tour de France - Geraint Thomas: Our only goal is to try and win the Tour
Tour de France - Geraint Thomas: Our only goal is to try and win the Tour
Photo of Geraint Thomas by Team Ineos

Team Ineos has finished the first week of the Tour de France with Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal in the top-three of the General Classification. The Welshman talked about the race in the first race day.

In the first week of the French grand tour, the team managed to avoid any time loses in the eighth stage when Thomas crashed just before the final climb of the day, and profited at the chaos of the tenth day of racing.

"We feel we’re in a strong position, a combination of everything coming together has helped us get to this point at the first rest day," said the winner of the 2018 Tour de France. "We’ve made a great start, but we’re fully aware that there’s still plenty of racing left.

"To have gained time on our GC contenders is massive and a really good bonus - but now the really tough stages start. It’s been a great 10 days. It would be better if we were a couple of seconds behind Alaphilippe, but we’re pleased with how we’ve fared so far. We’ll know a lot more about Alaphilippe after the second rest day, but he’s rode a great race so far. We’ll see how he goes, it’s an unknown for him as well, so it’ll be an interesting second week."

The Welshman thinks the experience of the team has played and will play a role in all the race situations. "We’ve got huge Grand Tour experience in this team, so we won’t allow ourselves to become complacent - we’ll just focus on each stage and give ourselves the best possible chance of winning when we get to Paris. I’m not feeling any extra pressure this year," Thomas explained. "I’m enjoying the race so far though, it’s been a good opening block of racing for the team and the support we’ve had has made it even more enjoyable.

"We’ve got a lot of winning experience on this team, the guys know what it takes to get over the winning line at the Tour - that experience is massively important in a race like this. We are always prepared for this race - we have one goal. Other teams go for stage wins, but our only goal is to try and win the Tour."




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