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. READ MORE


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. READ MORE

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. READ MORE

Geraint Thomas Says His Volta Ao Algrave Win Was An Unexpected One

Geraint Thomas, the 28 years old Welsh Professional Cyclist who rides for the British team Sky has said that his winning the Volta ao Algrave’s second stage was something that he never expected to happen. Geraint Thomas was behind the 27 year old Estonian cyclist who rides for team Astana but he finally managed to beat the Estonian to the finish line.

Thomas said that after he decided to follow the Astana rider, he took a look at the back and saw that the rest of the racers are behind him. After that he took some deep breaths and rode as fast as can and managed to maintain a fair amount of gap in between him and Taaramae.

Geraint Thomas was 19 seconds ahead of Taaramae. Geraint Thomas said that he honestly didn’t expect to win by such a margin. He said that it was known to him that his performance was well but he didn’t know how hard the climb would be. He said that it was a steep climb in the beginning and then at the middle it was not that much steep but the climb towards the top was indeed a steep one. He said that on the way down, it is possible to reduce the gap and he did manage to put in enough effort to become the winner of the race. READ MORE

Team Sky Arranges A Team Building Day

Team building day with Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) and British Sailing Team at the Weymouth have taught the top riders of Team Sky to learn the ropes.

The riders on that day included Geraint Thomas, the two times Olympic gold medalist and winner of Tour de France Chris Froome. The two swapped wheels to sail three times at the sail sport venue which today is getting the attention of everyone starting from sailors to windsurfers and top athletes from every sport. READ MORE

One Eye on the London Olympic Games

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas believes that he’s in with a great chance of securing the Pink Jersey of the winner at the Grand Tour of the Giro d’Italia which kicks off in the weekend at Denmark and will be going all out to secure the overall winner’s tally both for himself as well as his team. Thomas, who is currently the Olympic cycling champion for Wales as well as the country’s world track 4 kilometer men’s team pursuit champion is being considered as one of the front runners for the 8.7 kilometer prologue time trial that will take place at Herning just a fortnight after blasting his way to victory at the Tour of Romandie in Switzerland.

Thomas, who is considered as one of the best young cyclists of his generation spent time wearing the White Jersey of the leader that is awarded to the leading cyclist in the Under-25 age category of the Tour de France for the last two terms and this time, he is hoping that he can go one step further and secure the famous Yellow Jersey of the overall winner. But before that, Geraint Thomas has his eyes firmly set on the Giro d’Italia.

He knows that if he can manage to secure the Pink Jersey at the Grand Tour of Italy, the three week long race which is considered only second in importance behind the Tour de France, he will go into the Grand Tour of France as the strong favorite with plenty of confidence.

Thomas is a specialist in the time trail category and according to the man himself, he revels in racing against the clock and Geraint Thomas is looking at the Giro d’Italia to build up his endurance with an eye on the London Olympics that will be taking place on his own turf.