Thomas eager for Flanders victory

Geraint Thomas says it would be a dream come true if he can top the podium in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.

The second of the season’s monument races is celebrating its 100th anniversary and Thomas believes that he is well suited to the famous race.

“It’s massive. Since the Olympics last year it’s the one race I’ve been thinking about,” Thomas said.

“It’s been my main target since then and preparations have gone pretty well, races have gone pretty good.”

The 256km race, which starts on the outskirts of Bruges and heads towards Oudenaarde, features 17 short climbs and 17 cobbled sections.

Only one Briton has won the Tour of Flanders before, when Tom Simpson triumphed in 1961.

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We did the recon… it’s going to be grim but exciting

Geraint Thomas on this year’s Tour of Flanders

Now Welshman Thomas is bidding to double that tally and is one of the riders leading the Team Sky challenge in the classics, having switched his attention to the road after

winning a second Olympic gold on the track

in the team pursuit at London 2012.

“In cycling terms it’s one of the biggest one-day races, one of the ‘monuments’ as they call it, it’s got that massive history and prestige,” Thomas, 26, told BBC Sport Wales’

The Back Page

programme.

“It’s just one of those races that you grow up dreaming of being a part of, so to be on the start line with a chance of getting on the podium is massive.

“It’s just such a hard race. We did the reconnaissance today [Friday], we did a few of the climbs and things and it’s going to be grim but exciting.

“It definitely suits me more than… the Paris-Roubaix which we’ve got next week, I think the climbs suit my attributes a bit better.

“I’m just excited now and looking forward to racing on Sunday.”

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Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/wales/21977185

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