Published: 17 April 2013
Image: Dave Crosby
Gordon Thomas, a silver medallist at the 1948 London Olympic Games and winner of the 1953 Tour of Britain, has passed away at the age of 91.
Born in Shipley, West Yorkshire, Thomas won silver in the team road race in London alongside Bob Maitland and Ian Scott, finishing behind Belgium. Five years later he triumphed at the Tour of Britain at the age of 32 and after the race announced his retirement from competitive cycling.
Affectionately known as ‘Tiny’, a nickname which he was given when he joined Yorkshire Road Club aged 12, Thomas also competed in the individual road race at the 1948 Games, finishing eighth as one of only 28 riders of 101 to complete the 194.6-kilometre race.
His funeral takes place at Nab Wood Crematorium, Shipley, next Tuesday, at 12.40pm.