Geraint Thomas: "Everyone talks about my age, but actually I can still improve myself"

Geraint Thomas departs to stage 18 of the Giro d'Italia in the race lead, on the day he turns 37 years old. The leader of INEOS Grenadiers has good chances of, years after, finally take the victory in the Corsa Rosa and he believes he can still improve throughout his career.

“It's nice that I turn 37 today, but let's focus on today's race. Today will certainly be tough. I think there will be a real and tough fight for the standings," he said at the start of today's stage. "Everyone talks about my age, but actually I can still improve myself."

The day will provide another opportunity for attacks in the overall classification with the finale in Val di Zoldo being quite explosive, feature the steep ascent to Coi which averages 10% over almost 6 kilometers. The days that follow will be quite difficult, however it won't take much to split the group in this tough stage.

Thomas carries 18 seconds over João Almeida and 29 over Primoz Roglic, a small gap which may see the Welshman on the attack if he finds the right opportunity.

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