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Geraint Thomas MBE

Endurance Track and Road

Based
Cardiff / Quarrata, Italy

From
Cardiff

Date of birth
25/05/1986

Team
Team Sky

Named to the Great Britain Cycling Team for the 2016 Olympics, the road race and time trial in Rio represented Geraint Thomas’ third Olympic appearance.

Beijing 2008 and London 2012 brought two of the highlights of Thomas’s successful career, with a gold medal and world record in the team pursuit on both occasions, to add to the three UCI Track Cycling World Championships he has won at the event.

 A founding member of the Team Sky road team in 2010, Thomas is also reigning Commonwealth Games road champion and boasts a host of major road successes including Paris-Nice and the semi-classic E3 Harelbeke.

Career in numbers

2

Total Olympic medals

2

Total Commonwealth Games medals

5

Total UCI Track Cycling World Championships medals

1

Total UEC European Track Championships medals

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. 

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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.

The Welshman went on to play a key role in Froome’s third Tour de France success before heading to Rio where he suffered heartache in the Olympic road race, crashing on the final descent of a difficult course when in strong contention for a medal. Thomas went on to be the highest-placed British finisher, in 11th, in that competition before a strong ride in the time trial saw him finish ninth.

Away from the bike

Thomas began cycling at the age of 10, with the same Maindy Flyers club as fellow Great Britain riders Luke Rowe, Elinor Barker and Owain Doull and, in 2016, he was one of five Welsh riders named to the Great Britain team for Rio - along with Barker, Doull, Ciara Hore and Becky James.

Thomas also rode for local clubs Cycling Club Cardiff and Cardiff Just in Front as a youngster and his debut at the 2007 Tour de France made him the first Welsh rider to take part in the event since Colin Lewis in 1967.

In 2015, Thomas released his biography, The World of Cycling According to G, which was well received in the sports literature world.

Also in 2015, he married his partner, Sarah Elen Thomas, and the couple now reside in Monaco.

Palmarès

2016
Paris Nice 1st
Volta ao Algarve 1st
2015
Volta ao Algarve overall 1st
Volta ao Algarve Points classification 1st
Volta ao Algarve stage 2 1st
Tour de Romandie stage 1 (TTT) 1st
E3 Harelbeke overall 1st
Gent Wevelgem overall 3rd
2014
Commonwealth Games , Glasgow (UK) Road race Gold
Bayern Rundfahrt overall 1st
Bayern Rundfahrt stage 4 (ITT) 1st
2013
Tour Down Under overall 3rd
Tour Down Under sprints classification 1st
Tour Down Under stage 2 1st
2012
Olympic Games , London (UK) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Melbourne (Australia) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Melbourne (Australia) Madison Silver
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , London (UK) Team Pursuit Silver
Tour de Romandie Prologue 1st
Giro d'Italia Stage 1 TT 2nd
Giro d'Italia Stage 21 TT 2nd
2011
Bayern Rundfahrt Overall 1st
Bayern Rundfahrt Stage 3 2nd
Dwaars door Vlaanderen Overall 2nd
UEC European Track Championships , Apeldoorn (Holland) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Individual pursuit Silver
2010
Tour of Qatar – Team Time Trial 1st
Tour de France – Stage 3 2nd
Tour de France – Stage 3-7 White Jersey
2009
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Individual pursuit Gold
2008
Olympic Games , Beijing (China) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships , Manchester (UK) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup , Manchester (UK) Team pursuit Gold
2007
UCI Track World Championships , Majorca Team pursuit Gold
2006
World Track Championships , Bordeaux (France) Team Pursuit Silver
Commonwealth Games , Melbourne (Australia) Points Race (Wales) Bronze
2004
Junior World Track Championships , Los Angeles (USA) Scratch Race Gold