Geraint Thomas needs staying power to become Grand Tour champion

The Welshman, who could usurp Chris Froome as Team Sky’s No 1 during the current Tour de France, must prove he has the stamina to stay in contention for three weeks

From the moment Geraint Thomas signed a contract extension for 2018 with Team Sky speculation began on how the squad would handle the Welshman’s ambitions in the Tour de France, given that a first option on leadership would always be given to Chris Froome. That issue has bubbled away in the background over the last nine months but it should come to a head this week.

As the Tour ended its first week in Chartres on Friday the potential for some sticky moments around the Team Sky dinner table was obvious, as Thomas had handled the opening days with the aplomb of a potential winner. He was within an ace of taking the yellow jersey, only six seconds behind the Belgian Greg Van Avermaet, and had opened up a 59-second lead on his nominal leader, Froome.

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