Geraint Thomas In Giro Race

Geraint Thomas has moved to second overall position after completion of stage four.


Being part of Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas has made this accomplishment by finishing third in the Giro d’Italia. The Welshman was behind Bob Jungels by about six seconds and was the fourth man to be leading the race. He was ahead of Adam Yates of Britain. As per Geraint’s quotes that he provided to BBC Sport, the three week race that is currently underway takes the riders on a route from Pedara to Messina and it will conclude on the 28th of May in Milan. He states that there was headwind in the last two kilometers, which made everyone apprehensive. Geraint feels that it gave him a sprint to the third overall place and a chance to up his position in the last few crucial seconds.

GC STARS PREP UP FOR FIRST MAJOR BATTLE

With the preliminaries behind us, winter training done and dusted, the Paris-Nice event starting out this week and the TirrenoAdriatico beginning next week, the first serious stage races of this season are fast clicking into gear.


In the hearts of many traditionalists, the “Race to the Sun,” as the Paris-Nice event is fondly called holds a unique place. The race which celebrates its 75th edition this year is seen majorly as the “real” opener of the stage race calendar.

Throughout the years past, a number of the biggest names in the sport has gone on to win the French race.

Making his European debut after winning the Santos Tour Down Under to open his season, will be two time winner, Richie Porte of BMC Racing. He remains amongst one of the favorites to win the treble.

THOMAS BLAMES POOR PERFORMANCE ON WIEGHT LOSS.

Geraint Thomas had revealed that he probably had worked himself too hard in preparation of the Tour de France.


“I pushed my weight loss too far ahead of the Tour de France,” he said.

According to the Team Sky rider, he had engaged a exhaustive training routine in the build up to this year’s Tour de France, which saw him losing too much weight, too quickly.

Team Sky had defending champion, Chris Froome, as lead rider in the build up to the Tour de France, with Thomas as reserve. Thomas however put on a remarkable performance at the spring winning the Paris-Nice title. Unfortunately, he was not able to reproduce the same result at the Tour of Romandie or the Tour de Suisse, where he eventually finished 17th overall. In an interview with Cycling News he said:

“Suisse wasn’t great and it certainly knocked my confidence but looking back I could see the mistakes that I made with losing too much weight, too quickly, while doing a load of training.”

He lamented that it took him time to recover from the excess weight loss, and that he went to the tour with little confidence in his ability to perform well.

Thomas Proves His Class At Rio

The brutal road race, according to Daniel Martin of Ireland, at the recently concluded Rio Olympics was one of the toughest that Geraint Thomas raced in his entire life.


The Welshman was within striking distance of claiming an Olympic medal on the Rio roads. The 147 mile road race at Rio had a lot of twists and turns, but none like the fall that Geraint Thomas had just a few miles before the finish line.

The descent from the top of the last five mile hill climb was filled with hairpins and this is where Henao and Niblai crashed. The Thomas group was closely following them. It was a piteous sight to see the two time Olympic champion Geraint Thomas lose his balance and crash too. This gave the eventual winner Greg van Avermaet and Jakob Fuglsang the opportunity to chase down the leader of the race Majka in the final few miles. Thomas was bruised and devastated by this accident, but he did not let the accident get over him. With the pain and torn clothes, he got up, picked up his bike and started to continue the road race.

If the accident had not taken place at the crucial juncture, we could have seen Thomas end up with a podium finish. He rode home with bruised back and front in the 11th place and was followed by his friend Chris Froome. This shows the determination and the fighting power of Thomas and despite all odds, he completed the race and that too in the 11th position.

Geraint Thomas And His Feats In Tour De Suisse

Geraint Thomas is known to be a champion and the fact that he had a bad day in one of the events does not rule out his accomplishments or the fan following that he commands. The Tour de Suisse this year was not fruitful for him this year.


He was placed 17th overall which kept him out of the coveted top ten positions. He has been the hope of the British team, Team Sky. However, in the final stage of the Tour event saw him succumb to the cold conditions. As a result, he lost out about eleven minutes as compared to his rivals. That hurtled him out of the top ten positions. The sports director of the team stated that Thomas had a bad day in the final stage that had been shortened and was only 57 kilometers. With adverse weather the climb of Albulapass hors categories was ruled out. The race had two stages in the mountains previously when Thomas suffered due to the incessant cold.

This might have happened due to the weight loss he has achieved to improve his prowess to climb. In the time trial stage on Saturday he bounced back, having finished in the ninth position and eighth when seen overall. On Sunday, however, he could not keep up the ace. He ended the race at 91st position. He lost out about eleven minutes and came in after Jarlinson Pantano who was a stage winner. His overall position was 17th.

Mikel Landa wins in Pais Vasco

Mikel Landa has recognized that acknowledging the steep uphill end on the Stage Two of Vuelta al País Vasco quite well was an authoritative advantage for him as Sky rider took his very first win of the year 2016 for his all new team on home soil.
On Tuesday, the breakaway to victory of the Basque rider was, like past year when he won a stage in the Pais Vasco at Aia, his 1st victory following an uneven beginning to the season, along with his 1st race delayed by over one month.
Landa pondered, too, that hopefully this is the beginning of a successful campaign at Giro d’Italia, in which he ended 3rd previous year and this would be his huge target this year. Murgia, Landa’s home town, is only a few kms away from the stage end in Baranbio as well as his extra motive to become victorious on local soil was, said he. It is a significant factor in his conclusion to go absolved of Wilco Kelderman.