Thomas eyes return to training and battles with weight
Tour champion happy to contest Tour de France alongside Chris Froome
Geraint Thomas admitted he was counting the days until he returned to serious training as the end of his commitments as Tour de France winner hove into view.
“Next week I’m in Manchester, London and
Cardiff to promote the book, and then to Shanghai [for an ASO organised event], but after that it’s back to Monaco and back to being a bike rider again, which I’m really looking forward to,” he said.
Thomas’s feet have barely touched the ground since the Tour’s final stage in Paris on July 29. He has managed just 12 days of racing since then, slotting them in around the lucrative post-tour criteriums, his Cardiff homecoming, sponsor commitments and other invitations that are nearly impossible to turn down as a first-time Tour winner.
“It’s the longest time I’ve had off a bike and it’s been the hardest thing just to maintain fitness,” he said at ASO’S Saitama Criterium in Japan. “It’s been hectic, I’ve not been in any one place for more than four or five days, but I wanted to enjoy it as it doesn’t happen every day.
“I can feel myself growing — sideways — so I won’t start next year all guns blazing. Dave [Brailsford, Sky boss] has been on to me saying, ‘Don’t get too big, try to keep ticking over’.”
“There’s no point throwing your toys out the pram”
Thomas is yet to decide what his goals will be next year but will study the routes of the Giro and the Tour before taking his plans to Sky’s first training camp and discussing them with head of performance Tim Kerrison.
In his updated book The Tour According to G, he tells of two occasions early in this year’s Tour in which Chris Froome was given priority as team leader — during the team time trial and at a hotel where there was only one working air conditioning unit — despite Thomas being ahead on GC. Questions will now be asked whether or not the pair can again coexist in a Tour team. “I was just being honest and saying how it was,” Thomas said of the excerpts. “I was frustrated, but that was the decision and you’ve just got to accept it. There’s no point throwing your toys out of the pram.
“I’m guessing Froomey will want to go to the Tour full on and get that fifth win. If I was to go to the Tour 100 per cent to try to win as well? We’re genuinely good friends. As long as we’re open and honest and if we just rode like we did this year I can’t see why it can’t work out.”
Thomas continued his criterium tour in Saitama, Japan last Sunday
CUSTOM CLOTHING/ MAKE YOUR OWN SPORTFUL STORY.