Geraint Thomas came within 14 seconds of claiming a first Giro d'Italia win of his career. In the past few days, the Welshman has been a "broken man" as he tells Luke Rowe on the Watts Occuring podcast.
“I am a broken man to be honest. It's not that we had a crazy night, but the body just says stop," he explains. "I could only finish half a beer because my stomach was so turned upside down from all the gels in the last week of the Giro.”
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Nevertheless, Thomas doesn't make any excuses. Instead maintaining his position that Roglic was a deserved winner and the better man. “The climbing time trial? I felt it a mile before the top, I couldn't keep pushing. That was a moment when I thought: shit," Thomas recalls although it must be mentioned that aside from Roglic's superhuman effort, the INEOS Grenadiers leader did finish best of the rest.
“I have never been in such a good team, especially in terms of vibe. All eight guys were great. That's what I was most disappointed about. That I wasn't able to finish it," he continues. "Laurens De Plus has a lot of respect for Jumbo-Visma because he rode there. He said to me: Rohan Dennis is getting better. But then I told him: he can't handle you yet."
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"The British Championships are my next races. The World Championship is also a big goal, because it is in Great Britain," Thomas continues, alluding to his future plans. "The Vuelta a España may also follow. But we will see about that.”