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"The idea of doing the Giro and the Vuelta would give me good opportunities. Riding for GC would be nice but if that fell away, going for stages would be great."

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10.12.2016 @ 16:43 Posted by Joseph Doherty

Geraint Thomas has confirmed that he isn’t sure which Grand Tour he will do at Team Sky, but the Welshman says he may skip the Tour and do the Giro and Vuelta.


"With race schedules, that's something that I've been chatting about with the coach, Tim Kerrison, and it's something that we'll go through properly when I'm at training camp," Thomas told Cyclingnews. "After that we'll come up with a plan because at the moment it's all up in the air and there are so many options. I just need to figure out what I want to do and it obviously needs to fit in with the team."


With Mikel Landa and Wout Poels also wanting to target a Grand Tour each in 2017, as well as accommodating Chris Froome’s Tour-Vuelta double bid, Thomas knows leadership may be hard to achieve.


"I love riding the Tour and I love being in the team, especially when Froome wins, but I've done that three times now," he said. "I could go there again as the back-up GC rider and if was going 100 per cent I could get a top 10 but I'd still be having to do a job for Froome. If I went to the Giro at 100 per cent it's a whole different ball game. I could start by riding for GC and if that didn't work then I could work for someone like Mikel Landa, but still ride for stages. It's a bit risky because it's an entirely different programme."

Thomas says he knows he may need to settle for being a high up support rider in all Grand Tours next year. However, he knows that Vasil Kiryienka and Mikel Nieve have managed to take stage wins while being domestiques in the last few years, while Leopold Konig thrived at the Vuelta last season. Stage wins are also on Thomas’ mind, who hasn’t won a WorldTour stage since the second day of the 2013 Tour Down Under, although he has won E3 and Paris-Nice since then.


"The idea of doing the Giro and the Vuelta would give me two good opportunities," he said. "Riding for GC would be nice but even if that fell away, going for stages and just racing for opportunities would be great. At the same time to miss the Tour de France would be massive and I'd hate to sit at home and watch the boys there. It's certainly a tough one.”




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