Geraint Thomas upbeat despite damaging time loss at Tirreno TTT

Geraint Thomas speaks to reporters at the Tirreno-Adriatico press conference

Geraint Thomas remained upbeat following the opening stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Wednesday, despite admitting that Team Sky 's loss of 47 seconds to team time trial winners Mitchelton-Scott and their leader Adam Yates puts them "quite far behind". "It's not ideal, certainly," Thomas told reporters at the finish, "but you never know with bike racing. Mitchelton-Scott did a real good, strong ride, and unfortunately we are quite far behind, but there are still six day of racing to go." Second-placed team Jumbo-Visma – who finished just seven seconds off the Australian WorldTour team's winning time – is home to another race favourite in Primoz Roglic, who won a stage and the overall classification at the recent UAE Tour and will prove to be a real danger man over the coming week, according to Thomas. "We saw how well he was going there in the UAE, and he's going for the ...

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