Thomas eyes re­turn to train­ing and bat­tles with weight

Tour cham­pion happy to con­test Tour de France along­side Chris Froome

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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.

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