In his own words

Cycling Weekly - - FIRST TOUR -

Shortly af­ter the fin­ish of his first Tour de France in 2007, Thomas broke down his key mo­ments of the race for Cy­cling Weekly.

Pro­logue in Lon­don

“The start in Lon­don was ex­cit­ing but it was the most stress­ful part of the race be­cause of all the at­ten­tion. I’d hoped to do bet­ter than I did, but in the weeks be­fore the race I worked on my climb­ing, not on my time tri­alling.”

Stage six

“The first week of sprints was very im­por­tant for us. Rob­bie Hunter didn’t win any stages. I felt pretty good and did some work but I soon re­alised the Tour sprints are faster and cra­zier than any other. I crashed in Ghent but landed on a fat Ital­ian sprinter so wasn’t hurt.”

Stage nine

Mauri­cio Soler gave the team a huge boost by win­ning the stage but I suf­fered in the Alps. On stage eight to Tignes I spent 100km on my own af­ter be­ing dropped and thought my race was over. For­tu­nately I got back onto the grup­petto and made it in­side the time limit.”

Stage 11

“There’s no such thing as a tran­si­tion stage be­cause riders are al­ways des­per­ate to win. I re­ally strug­gled in the heat of the south of France and was swing­ing off the back all day into Mont­pel­lier. For­tu­nately my room-mate Rob­bie Hunter won the sprint and so that boosted my morale af­ter a very tough day.”

Stage 16

“The Pyre­nees are def­i­nitely harder than the Alps. For­tu­nately I’d learned how to pace my ef­fort bet­ter. The Au­bisque was like a wall in places but from the top I could vir­tu­ally see Paris.”

Stage 20.

“I made it. I never imag­ined I’d go all the way to Paris but suf­fer­ing so much for three weeks was worth it and I’ve learned a hell of a lot. I rightly had a few pints af­ter­wards, but now I want to use my hard-earned fit­ness in the sec­ond half of the sea­son.”

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