Thomas hints at leaving Team Sky


Geraint Thomas

Thomas has worn the best young rider’s white jersey in two Tours

Geraint Thomas has warned he could leave Team Sky after revealing that he has received offers from rival teams on the Tour de France.

The Welshman took over as Team Sky’s lead rider after Bradley Wiggins broke his left collarbone in a crash on stage seven and was forced to withdraw.

Thomas is also concerned that his 2012 Tour commitments could affect his preparations for the London Olympics.

“There’s definitely been a few teams interested,” the 25-year-old said.

Thomas wore the white jersey as the Tour’s best young rider until he lost time waiting for Wiggins after his crash near Chateauroux.


Geraint Thomas

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Thomas wins silver in the 4000m individual pursuit at the 2011 World Cup (UK only)

The Welsh rider – who secured his first major professional win at the Tour of Bavaria in May – has earned universal plaudits in his third Tour de France following three top-10 stage finishes.

Cardiff-born Thomas was sixth in the opening stage, third in the second stage time trial and fifth on stage five before leading most of the mountainous 12th stage and winning the combativity award.

“To have that respect among the teams is great,” said Thomas, who is in the final year of a two-year deal with Team Sky. “It gives you a little buzz when you go out there racing.”

A crucial consideration for Thomas – who won gold as part of the team pursuit in Beijing – is how he wants to prepare for next summer’s Olympics in London.

He will compete in a time trial a few weeks after this summer’s Tour to measure how three gruelling weeks may affect his performance at the Olympics, which would start less than a month after the end of the 2012 Tour.

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I’d love to do the Tour again, it’s the biggest bike race in the world. But at the same time the London Olympics is massive, there’s nothing bigger than that

Geraint Thomas
Team Sky rider

But if push comes to shove, Thomas knows where his 2012 priorities lie, and said he would sacrifice a place in next year’s Tour for the Olympics.

He insisted: “I wouldn’t want to jeopardise the Olympics for anything.

“I’d love to do the Tour again, it’s the biggest bike race in the world. But at the same time the London Olympics is massive, there’s nothing bigger than that.

“I’d miss the Tour to give myself every opportunity of winning in London.”

Although Team Sky was established in part to support Britain’s Olympic cycling team, Thomas insists a move away from the team would not hinder his Olympic ambitions.

He said: “A couple of the teams I’ve spoken to said they’d be happy to let me ride in the Games.

“It means a lot to a lot of people. Just because I’m British it doesn’t mean 100% I’d stay [at Sky].

“I’m definitely not going to discount them [other offers]. I’d listen to anyone really.

“A couple of the teams I’ve spoken to said they’d be happy to let me ride in the Games.”

British cycling chief Dave Brailsford has revealed he expects his riders to compete in next year’s Tour de France, despite it finishing just 10 days before the start of the Olympics.

Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/14186688.stm

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