Tour de France: Geraint Thomas says Team Ineos must stay united

Geraint Thomas is competing in his tenth Tour de France

Defending champion Geraint Thomas says he must no longer compete in opposition to his joint Group Ineos management accomplice Egan Bernal within the final week of the 2019 Tour de France.

Thomas lies second and Bernal is fifth leisurely Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe going into the final six phases.

The Welshman says his goal is light to relieve the Tour title he obtained in 2018.

“The necessary ingredient is we do no longer bustle in opposition to each and each diverse and throw away the bustle,” he suggested theBBC BeSpoke podcast.

After Sunday’s stage 15, Thomas said he used to be between “a rock and a laborious say” as he might per chance presumably no longer push himself with out helping Alaphilippe shut down the Colombian.

On the second leisure day of the tour, Thomas performed down any concerns about his build as Group Ineos co-chief with Bernal and insists he light wishes to be the person in yellow in Paris next Sunday.

When asked whether it used to be a upright Tour for him if Bernal obtained, Thomas answered: “It is a long way the crew winning so I counsel so, but clearly I must be the one winning.

“Egan is a natural climber, born to circulation uphill. He is smaller, he is lighter and he is obtained a minute extra punch.

“I’m in a position to leap around, but I decide to ride to my tempo and that is how I’ve been the final couple of days.

“All americans loves having a mosey at our crew, whatever we attain. They snort we are all robots, or no longer it is all science… but I don’t care if of us devour it or no longer, or no longer it is about winning the bustle.

“It be surely no longer dull now and Alaphilippe has a mountainous allotment to play in that.

“It wishes to be enjoyable for all americans to survey and taking a seek relieve in a few years it’ll be one thing good to circulation in quest of at.

“However this might even be even nicer if I rob the Tour.”

Thomas trails Alaphilippe by one minute 35 seconds with three no longer easy phases within the Alps to advance relieve. There are upright 39 seconds masking Thomas in second to Emanuel Buchmann in sixth.

Group necessary Sir Dave Brailsford had to tackle management disorders within the mature Group Sky squad with Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, then Froome and Thomas.

Geraint Thomas (left) and Dave Brailsford comprise time Thomas’ Tour de France rob in 2018

Brailsford says he does no longer foresee any acrimony in 2019.

“There might be no signal of it within the suggest time,” he said. “The predicament you are dealing with changes – when you mosey into the final allotment of the bustle, or no longer it is altering second by second.

“It is a long way a unfamiliar dynamic and predicament. Geraint has obtained it before and is an experienced Huge Tour rider. Egan is 22. He used to be purported to be using the Giro, had an accident and obtained switched into using this and is using effectively.”

Thomas says he notices the additional expectation on him after winning the Tour final 365 days.

“It is a long way phenomenal attributable to final 365 days and even before, no-one anticipated me to even be high 10 and now or no longer it is disappointment that I am finest second,” said Thomas.

“However that is the style the media and some of us work. I decide to lead clear of that and relieve in my minute bubble.

“I am feeling upright. I am upright relishing the Alps now. I even comprise upright reminiscences of using there and am taking a seek to devour them.”

Fourth-positioned Thibaut Pinot has emerged because the strongest GC contender on the climbs within the previous couple of phases and appears like the person to beat within the Alps.

Thomas said he would wouldn’t comprise any qualms going head-to-head with a person being roared on by French crowds determined for a first dwelling winner in 34 years.

“I might per chance presumably prefer it, I might per chance presumably delight in it,” he said. “Bring it on.”

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