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Geraint Thomas MBE

Endurance Track and Road



Date of birth

Team Ineos Grenadiers

One of just five British riders ever to have won a Grand Tour – the 2018 Tour de France – Thomas followed the trail taken by Sir Bradley Wiggins before him, in enjoying great success on the track before concentrating on a road racing career. The Welshman was selected for the Tokyo Olympics to ride in the men’s road race and individual time trial, in what would be his fourth appearance at a Games.

In Beijing in 2008 and at a memorable home Olympics in London four years later, Thomas was part of an all-conquering Great Britain team pursuit line-up that won gold, breaking the world record in the process on each occasion.

At Rio in 2016, Thomas represented Great Britain in the road race, finishing 11th and broke into the top ten in the individual time trial. But it was his Tour de France victory in 2018 that made Thomas one of the most recognisable sportsmen in Britain and led to him edging out sportsmen such as footballer Harry Kane and Formula One legend Lewis Hamilton in being named the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year after a public vote.

Career in numbers


Total Olympic medals


Total Tour de France wins


Total UCI Track Cycling World Championships medals


Total Commonwealth Games medals


Introduced to the sport at the age of ten, with the legendary Maindy Flyers club in his home city of Cardiff, Thomas quickly showed his potential with national track successes and a silver medal in the points race at the 2004 UEC European Junior Track Cycling Championships in Valencia, Spain.

He repeated that silver on his debut for the senior Great Britain team in the scratch race at the Moscow round of the UCI Track World Cup in Moscow in November 2004 – the first of 13 World Cup medals he would win over the next eight years, including six golds in the team pursuit and one in an individual pursuit.

However, his promising career was jeopardised in February 2005 when a ride, while training with the Great Britain track team in Australia, ended in disaster and a crash which resulted in Thomas rupturing his spleen and undergoing major surgery.

Having recovered from that ordeal, Thomas continued to develop on the track and road, where he rode for domestic team and spent the end of the 2006 season on a short-term “Stagiaire” contract with leading professional team Saunier Duval-Prodir.

By 2006, he had signed for Barloworld where he spent the next three years developing into the rider who would eventually contest general classification at Grand Tours.

His first full season actually saw him win a stage race, the Fleche du Sud, and make his debut at the “Baby Giro” – the ten-stage junior version of the Italian Grand Tour race. In the summer of 2007, Barloworld handed Thomas his debut at the Tour de France, where he was the youngest rider in the race, the first Welsh competitor since 1967 and finished 140th out of 141 riders.

A year later, his commitments in the Beijing Olympics meant Thomas missed the Tour, riding the early-season Giro d’Italia instead although his performances in the Olympics, where he was part of a team pursuit team with Wiggins, Ed Clancy and Paul Manning that twice broke the world record on its way to gold, meant it was still a year to remember.

His 2009 season was undermined by an early-season crash at the Tirreno-Adriatico in which he broke his pelvis and fractured his nose although the year ended with further track successes, including a world’s fastest time in the individual pursuit while winning gold in the Manchester UCI Track World Cup meeting.

The Sky’s the limit

Team Sky were certainly convinced of his abilities, signing him to a deal for 2010, the first of 12 seasons Thomas has spent with the British team to date.

After beating team-mate Pete Kennaugh to win the British National road race title, Thomas carried his strong form into the Tour de France, placing fifth on the prologue and second on stage three, results which left him leader of the young rider classification briefly.

The 2011 season opened with Thomas showing strong form in one-day Classics and winning his first professional title at the five stage Bayern-Rundfahrt race in Germany. At the Tour, Thomas finished 31st overall, won the points classification at the Tour of Britain and helped lead out team-mate Mark Cavendish for a memorable win in the UCI World Championship road race.

The 2012 season again revolved largely around the track, with Thomas joining Clancy, Kennaugh and Steven Burke to retain the team pursuit gold at London 2012 – breaking the world record twice in the process - although his early-season performances at the Giro d’Italia, and a prologue win in the Tour de Romandie again showed his development on the road.

Now focused solely on the road, Thomas was given a leadership role in the early-season Classics campaign, finishing fourth in two Belgian races, before he rode as a domestique in major stage races.

Having helped team-mates Chris Froome and Richie Porte finish first and second at the Criterium du Dauphine, a heavy crash saw Thomas fracture his pelvis on the first stage although, incredibly, he completed the Tour, eventually finishing 140th overall while helping Froome clinch overall victory.

Another strong Classics performance in 2014 and another overall victory at Bayern-Rundfahrt saw Thomas enter the Tour de France in support of Froome although his team-mate’s crash and withdrawal eventually allowed the Welshman to seek individual stage successes.

Thomas missed out on wins at that Tour but recorded his highest finish to date – 21st – and carried that form into the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow where, representing Wales, he won gold in the road race and a bronze in the time trial.

After winning the Volta ao Algarve stage race in February 2015, Thomas finally made his breakthrough in the Classics, becoming the first British winner of the E3 Harelbeke in Belgium.

Having shown fine form in the Tour de Suisse, finishing second overall, Thomas helped Froome win the 2015 Tour de France, holding fourth place overall himself before losing time on stage 19 and eventually finishing 15th.

However, he had shown his potential as a Grand Tour winner, a possibility underlined when he retained the Volta ao Algarve and won the prestigious Paris-Nice stage races at the start of 2016. Thomas ended the year helping Froome to another Tour de France victory – finishing 15th on general classification himself – before appearing at his third Olympic Games where he was in contention for gold in the road race before a late crash saw him eventually finish 11th.


Great Britain Cycling Team kit

Date with Grand Tour destiny

After winning the 2017 Tour of the Alps, Thomas was named co-leader, with Mikel Landa, for the Team Sky squad at the Giro d’Italia and started the race strongly, sitting second over the first week until a bad crash on stage 9 saw him eventually forced to withdraw with a worsening knee injury.

There was the consolation of a brilliant start to the Tour de France that year, when a prologue victory saw him hold the yellow jersey for four days. Even after handing the race lead to Froome, Thomas was still in second place overall when he crashed on stage 9 and was forced to leave the race with a broken collar bone.

There would be no such frustrations in 2018, a year which began with Thomas finishing on the podium at the Volta ao Algarve and Tirreno-Adriatico before winning a thrilling Criterium du Dauphine, a warm-up event for the Tour de France and a success which marked him out as a Tour favourite.

Thomas entered the Tour as joint leader with Froome but was ahead of his team-mate, and second overall, by the time the race entered the Alps where successive mountain victories on stages 11 and 12 saw him take a lead he would defend all the way to Paris, joining Froome and Wiggins in an exclusive club as the only British riders to win the great race.

Thomas’s preparations for his Tour de France defence in 2019 were not ideal, with a crash forcing him out of the Tour de

Suisse and he entered the Tour with his team – now Team Ineos – naming him as joint-leader with Egan Bernal.

It proved a thrilling race, particularly in the mountains, with Ineos dominant and Thomas helping Bernal secure the overall victory while holding off French rider Julian Alaphilippe in a thrilling battle for second place on the podium.

The 2020 season was disrupted by Covid-19 with Thomas and his team – re-named Ineos Grenadiers – opting for him to ride the late-season Giro d’Italia, rather than the Tour de France, although his bid for success in that race ended on stage 4 with a crash that forced him to abandon, opening the way for team-mate Tao Geoghegan Hart to win the overall.

The 2021 “new” Olympic year began promisingly with the overall win at the Tour de Romandie and a stage win, and third-placed finish, at the Criterium du Dauphine but a crash early in the Tour de France undermined his chances of competing for the yellow jersey.

Away from the bike

Winner of the BBC’s prestigious Sports Personality of the Year Award after his Tour success in 2018, Thomas has also twice won the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year honour.

Thomas’s first Olympic success saw him appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours list, ban honour with was followed by him being appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) 10 years later after his Tour victory.

A month after his Tour victory, in August 2018, Thomas was given a rapturous homecoming where 8,000 fans heard him made a speech at Cardiff Castle. A month later, the Wales National Velodrome in Newport was also renamed the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome in his honour following a stage of the Tour of Britain.

Welsh-speaking supporters of Thomas have recorded a song in his honour while renowned Welsh entertainer Max Boyce wrote a poem in honour of his Tour victory, which he performed at the rider’s homecoming.

Thomas married his wife, Sara, in October 2015 and the couple reside in Monaco. A vociferous fan of the Welsh rugby team, Thomas supports English football club Arsenal.


Volta Ciclista a Catalunya general classification 3rd
Tour de Romandie general classification 1st
Criterium du Dauphine general classification 3rd
Criterium du Dauphine stage 5 1st
Tirreno-Adriatico general classification 2nd
Tour de Romandie general classification 3rd
Tour de France general classification 2nd
Tour de France general classification 1st
Dauphine du Criterium general classification 1st
Paris Nice overall 1st
Gent Wevelgem overall 3rd
Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (UK) Road race Gold
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
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
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Manchester (UK) Individual pursuit Gold
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
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Majorca (Spain) Team pursuit Gold
UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Bordeaux (France) Team Pursuit Silver
Commonwealth Games, Melbourne (Australia) Points Race (Wales) Bronze
UCI Junior World Track Championships, Los Angeles (USA) Scratch Race Gold