Last year was a breakthrough year for the popular Team Sky rider as Geraint Thomas finished second in the Tour de Suisse before having a remarkable Tour de France in support of Chris Froome.
And now with this year set to eclipse that, Thomas will now be a protected rider along with Froome at this year’s Tour hoping to maybe finish on the podium at the Champs-Elysees.
But first comes the preparation for cycling’s main attraction; Thomas is currently riding the Criterium du Dauphine with Froome, Mikel Landa and other Team Sky riders. But this Saturday is the start of the Suisse Tour, a race Thomas really wants to attack as he looks to lay down a marker ahead of the Tour.
Thomas says he will be going ‘full gas’ to claim victory in Switzerland
Last year, he narrowly missed out on the overall victory, as Simon Spilak took the victory; but for Thomas it was a realisation that he could lead a team and also target overall victories in the future.
Speaking about the upcoming Tour de Suisse, Thomas said: “I’ll be going full gas, emptying the tank, and getting the most out of myself.”
The 30-year-old Welshman has already had some impressive results this season; he won the Volta ao Algarve, and then defeated a close rival, Alberto Contador at Paris-Nice to claim what was a superb victory for him and also Team Sky.
Thomas certainly won’t use the Suisse race as a training exercise, saying he will approach it will ‘full gas.’
But looking back at the race last year, Thomas admits that his performance, was seen as one where other GC contenders stood up and took notice, the Olympic medalist said his performance last season gave him a lot of ‘confidence’ to take the next step which is gunning for the overall leads in races.
But looking ahead to the start on Saturday, even if he doesn’t manage to become victorious after the nine days of racing, Thomas said: “It was just about another opportunity for myself really. It’s all learning as well.”