Geraint Thomas: Tour de France champion rules out Giro d’Italia bid

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Geraint Thomas is ‘assist to the day job’ after Tour de France celebrations

Geraint Thomas will miss Would per chance perhaps’s Giro d’Italia to be “in the most efficient form doable” for July’s Tour de France.

Final year Thomas change into the third Briton to know the Tour, following four victories by Team Sky group-mate Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins’ 2012 clutch.

“The Giro feels worship unfinished business and I wished to evaluate about that,” said Thomas, who crashed whereas in second space at the 2017 speed.

“Likely I will speed it next year however this year has constantly been about the Tour.”

Thomas and Froome said they would now not speed in Italy when unveiling their 2019 plans closing month.

Froome, the 2018 Giro winner, suggested Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that the 2019 course would swimsuit Thomas however the Welshman said: “I did now not are fervent to jeopardise the probabilities of the Tour for anything this year.

“As defending champion I feel as if I undoubtedly have to plod assist and are fervent to be in the most efficient form doable.”

On the Giro route, he added: “It is stunning, particularly with three time trials, although they’re hilly.”

The Giro – the first of the year’s three Expansive Tours – runs from 11 Would per chance perhaps to 2 June, and the Tour from 6-28 July.

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Thomas begins his 2019 season in the 5-stage Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in southern Spain from Wednesday, 6 February. This would possibly be his first speed for the explanation that Tour of Britain closing September.

The 32-year-passe will be focusing on success at the Road World Championships time trial in September in Yorkshire and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after successful gold medals on the be aware in the group pursuit squads at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Video games.

“I composed hang some colossal aims and targets to catch me out of mattress in the morning,” added Thomas.

The Team Sky procedure-up will stop to exist at the tip of this year with Sky ending its sponsorship of the group.

Since 2010 the group has won the Tour de France six times, thru Thomas, Wiggins and Froome.

“We honest hang to be aware about using our bikes however we now hang got every religion we ought so that you just can score yet any other sponsor,” said Thomas.

“We desire the group to raise collectively and I undoubtedly had been right here for the explanation that commence in 2010. It feels worship family and we’re fervent to stick collectively.”

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