Geraint Thomas was born on the 25th of May in the year 1986. He is professional cyclist who races for the UCI ProTour team, Team Sky. Geraint Thomas is a Welsh cyclist and is a World Champion at multiple track cycling. He also won the gold medal at the Olympics in the event of team pursuit.
Geraint Thomas, born in Cardiff, began cycling at the Maindy Stadium with the Maindy Flyers Cycling Club. He took up this sport from the age of ten and then went to ride for other local cycling clubs such as Cardiff Just in Front and the Cycling Club Cardiff. He was pretty successful in the junior levels which included winning the National Championships and a second place at the European Championships that he realised his true potential as a racing cyclist. Geraint Thomas then went on to become a member of the British Cycling’s Olympic Academy. He also won at the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year ceremony, the Carwyn James Junior Award. Geraint Thomas then started competing in World Cups all over the globe and started training hard at Sydney in Australia. It was during this period when he had a bad accident. Geraint Thomas crashed after a piece of metal got stuck in the wheels of his bicycle and he fell badly, suffering severe internal bleeding and spleen rupture. The spleen had to be eventually removed.
Geraint Thomas rode for the Recycling.co.uk for most of the 2006 season and joined Saunier Duval-Prodir towards the end of the year as a stagier. He also represented the Great Britain squad for the Tour of Britain. Geraint Thomas was one of the youngest riders at the 2007 Tour de France. He was also the only Welsh rider after Colin Lewis to race at the Tour de France. He was thus greatly supported by the Welsh fans; some even followed him throughout his race till he finished in the 140th place. The same year Geraint Thomas got nominated for the prestigious BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year award and placed third in the public vote.
In the 2008 season, Geraint Thomas did not take part in the Tour de France, choosing instead to take part at the Giro d’Italia and then focused on his preparations for the 2008 Summer Olympics. On the seventeenth of August, Geraint Thomas and his Olympic team pursuit squad broke the world record during the heats and then eventually went on to win the gold medal on the main day, beating the Danes by a gap of six point seven seconds. Geraint Thomas was also a contender for the event of individual pursuit but chose to focus on team pursuit so as to not compromise on the chances of his team.
In the 2009 New Year Honours, Geraint Thomas was appointed as the Member of the Order of the British Empire. He started off the 2009 season with a bad injury. He fractured his pelvis and his nose in a very bad fall. He crashed after misjudging a turn and went straight into the safety barrier during the time trial stage. Geraint Thomas recovered well and continued to surpass people’s expectations.