Geraint Thomas plays down Tour de France rivalry with Chris Froome

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome

Geraint Thomas kicked off a second block of early-season racing at Strade Bianche on Saturday, convinced he is back on track as he builds towards the defence of his Tour de France title. Thomas and Chris Froome will again be joint leaders for the Tour de France, with the Welshman keen to land a rare second consecutive victory, with Froome chasing a record-equalling fifth win. It seems the road will eventually decide who becomes Team Sky’s protected rider but Thomas played down any tension about team leadership. "We'll just treat it like we did last year - just be open and honest with each other," Thomas said as he prepared to roll out at Strade Bianche. "As long as one of wins, that's the goal. If we end up racing against each other and someone else won, when one of us could have won, that would be a disaster." Thomas ...

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