Thomas to finalise future before Tour de France

Geraint Thomas is keen to finalise his long-term future before the start of this year’s Tour de France, saying he is still open to offers from other teams despite Team Sky’s determination to retain his services.

The Welshman has been the subject of transfer speculation since his breakthrough performance at the 2015 Tour de France set his trajectory as a stage racer and potential Grand Tour contender.

He signed a one-year contract extension two years ago to take him through the 2017 season. That contained a clause providing the option of an additional year, which was activated ahead of last year’s Tour de France, despite offers from several other teams.

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The 32-year-old now finds himself faced with a similar decision as he considers his options for 2019. Team Sky are understood to be keen to keep him – Thomas being their only British GC rider apart from Chris Froome – but there is interest from other teams who could offer a true Grand Tour leadership role.

“I just want to get it done as soon as I can really,” Thomas told Cyclingnews at the Critérium du Dauphiné. “Hopefully before the Tour. It would be good to get it done and wrapped up.”

Thomas has been with Team Sky since the team’s inception in 2010 and acknowledged that familiarity was a major draw, as well as confirming Team Sky’s determination to tie him to a new deal.

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