Geraint Thomas: ‘I want to go to a Grand Tour in best shape possible’

The Welshman makes his return in the Tour of Britain, weeks after breaking his collarbone in the Tour de France. ‘I just want to enjoy racing again,’ he tells William Fortheringham

To say Geraint Thomas’s 2017 has been up and down is something of an understatement: the ups have been notable and the downs have been spectacular. The Welshman makes his return to racing on Sunday at the Tour of Britain, seven weeks after breaking his collarbone on a rain soaked descent in the Tour de France. That followed a spell in the yellow jersey of the Tour – enough to make this a memorable year in itself, but that in turn came after a horrendous spill at the Giro d’Italia, where he was targeting the overall standings until a poorly parked police motorcycle brought him down.

Prior to the Giro, Thomas had become the first Briton to win the Tour of the Alps, better known as the Giro del Trentino. Given the saw-tooth profile of his season to date, it’s hardly surprising that the 31-year-old won’t say whether he will target the overall standings next week at his home Tour, which he last rode in 2011. “I just want to enjoy racing again, enjoy being in the UK. I’d love to go for a stage or the general classification – it’s not like I’ve got no chance. I think Michal Kwiatkowski will be our main man, he’s really going well at the moment, but I’d love to have a chance and take it. There is no pressure.”

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