Geraint Thomas MBE

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Geraint Thomas MBE

Revised: July 2016

Disciplines
Endurance Track and Road
Current Team
Team Sky
DOB
25/05/1986
From
Cardiff
Based
Cardiff / Quarrata, Italy
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Biography

Born and raised in Birchgrove, Cardiff, Thomas's success in the junior ranks earned him a place at the British Cycling Academy, although his progress was halted in 2005 following a crash while training in Sydney, Australia, which left him with a ruptured spleen that was removed.

In 2006, Thomas began his march towards his first Olympics by winning a world championship team pursuit silver and, a year later having signed for Team Barloworld, he won his first rainbow jersey in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Significantly, 2007 also saw 21-year-old Thomas make his debut in the Tour de France, a race he finished despite being its youngest rider.

His 2008 season was centred around the Olympics where Thomas joined Ed Clancy, Paul Manning and Brad Wiggins and repeated the world championship victory of earlier that year, twice breaking the world record in Beijing on the way to winning gold against Denmark.

Thomas’ 2009 season was hampered by a bad early-season crash although, by the end of the year, he had finished sixth in the Tour of Britain and won a UCI Track Cycling World Cup individual pursuit in a stunning time of 4:15.105.

Reaching for the Sky

The 2010 season was to prove a significant stepping stone and Thomas's first race for Team Sky, the team time trial at the Tour of Qatar, ended in victory while the prestigious Tour de Dauphine saw Thomas finish in the top 10 in each of the opening four stages. 

Thomas also won the British National Road Race Championship and his form continued into the Tour de France where he held the white, young rider’s jersey from stages three to six.

The 2011 campaign saw Thomas claim his first professional victory at the Bayern-Rudnfahrt stage race in Germany before the Tour de France, where he took the white jersey after finishing sixth on the opening stage, holding it until stage seven. 

Finally Thomas rode at the UCI Road World Championships where he was part of the Great Britain team that famously helped Mark Cavendish win the world road race title.

Late in 2011 in the build-up to London 2012, Thomas also won his first UEC European Track Championships in the team pursuit. That Olympic year revolved around the track for Thomas although his early-season road form was impressive with a victory at the Tour de Romandie and two second-placed finishes in the Giro d’Italia. 

Olympic gold and double world record

After winning the UCI Track Cycling World Championships and setting a new world record, Great Britain entered their home Olympics as hot favourites for team pursuit gold. There, the team of Thomas, Steven Burke, Pete Kennaugh and Ed Clancy did not disappoint, breaking the world record twice on the way to beating Australia in the gold medal final.

Thomas started 2013 with a stage victory and win in the points classification at the Tour Down Under. After a strong Classics campaign, Thomas showed superb form to help Chris Froome win the Criterium du Dauphine and Tour de France.

Thomas’s Tour efforts were all the more remarkable as a heavy crash on the opening stage was eventually diagnosed as a fractured pelvis but the Welshman continued, finishing the race and playing a key role in Froome’s success.

Following a similar schedule in 2014, Thomas briefly held the leader’s jersey in Paris-Nice before a crash cut short his hopes of overall victory but, after winning the general classification at Bayern-Rundfahrt, Thomas was then the only Briton to finish the Tour de France, in 22nd place, and won gold at the Commonwealth Games riding for Wales in the road race.

The 2015 road season started with a stage win and overall victory at the Volta ao Algarve and a fifth overall in Paris-Nice. In the space of three days in March, Thomas became the first British rider to win E3 Harelbeke and added a third place at Gent-Wevelgem.

Thomas’s improved climbing ability was evident at the Tour de Suisse where he finished fifth overall, and again at the Tour de France where he offered crucial assistance to Froome in his second tour win. Thomas’ form in the mountains saw him fourth on general classification with just three stages left before a tough climb up La Toussuire saw him drop to 15th.

Thomas’s 2016 season started strongly. In February, he defended his Volta ao Algarve title then led Team Sky at Paris-Nice, taking the overall lead at the mountain top finish at Madone d’Utelle and holding on to beat Alberto Contador by four seconds after the final stage in Nice.

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Selected Career Highlights to Date

2016

1st, Paris Nice

1st, Volta ao Algarve

2015

Volta ao Algarve
1st overall, 1st Points classification, 1st stage 2

Tour de Romandie
1st stage 1 (TTT)

E3 Harelbeke
1st overall

Gent Wevelgem
3rd overall

2014

Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK)
Gold - Road race

Bayern Rundfahrt
1st overall, 1st stage 4 (ITT)

2013

Tour Down Under
3rd overall, 1st sprints classification, 1st stage 2

2012

Olympic Games, London (UK)
Gold - Team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Melbourne (Australia)
Gold - Team pursuit
Silver - Madison

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London (UK)
Silver - Team Pursuit

Tour de Romandie
1st Prologue

Giro d'Italia
2nd Stage 1 TT, 2nd Stage 21 TT

2011

Bayern Rundfahrt
1st Overall, 2nd Stage 3

Dwaars door Vlaanderen
2nd Overall

UEC European Track Championships, Apeldoorn (Holland)
Gold -Team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Gold - Team pursuit
Silver - Individual pursuit

2010

Tour of Qatar
1st – Team Time Trial

Tour de France
2nd – Stage 3, White Jersey – Stage 3-7

2009

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Gold - Team pursuit
Gold - Individual pursuit

2008

Olympic Games, Beijing (China)
Gold - Team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Manchester (UK)
Gold - Team pursuit

UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK)
Gold - Team pursuit

2007

UCI Track World Championships, Majorca
Gold - Team pursuit

2006

World Track Championships, Bordeaux (France)
Silver - Team Pursuit

Commonwealth Games, Melbourne (Australia)
Bronze - Points Race (Wales)

2004

Junior World Track Championships, Los Angeles (USA)
Gold - Scratch Race

GREAT BRITAIN CYCLING TEAM KIT

Great Britain Cycling Team kit