Geraint Thomas On Tour De France Defence: The Competition Is Definitely Tougher This Year

The final podium – Costa, Roglic, Thomas (L-R)

Geraint Thomas ( Team Ineos ) is confident that he'll be competitive and ready to try to defend his Tour de France title this July following some extended post-win celebrations and a winter of media appearances. In an interview published on telegraph.co.uk on Tuesday, Thomas said that he's now only about a kilogram away from his optimum racing weight of 67kg, and that his third place overall at the Tour de Romandie in early May was the confidence boost he needed to know that he was on the way back to his best, although he admitted that the competition he'll face could be tougher than ever at this year's Tour de France. "By the start of last November, even though I still had three weeks of doing stuff, I was itching to get back on the bike," he said, referring to the multiple public appearances and media interviews he did ...

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