Geraint Howell Thomas, born 25 May 1986, is a Welsh professional racing cyclist who rides for UCI World Tour team INEOS Grenadiers. He is one of the few riders in the modern era to achieve significant elite success as both a track and road rider, with notable victories in the velodrome, in one-day racing and in stage racing including the 2018 Tour de France.
Name: Geraint Thomas
Birthday: 25 May 1986
Birthplace: Cardiff, Wales
Turned Pro: 2007
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On the track, Thomas has won three World Championships and two Olympic gold medals. He won his first Olympic gold medal in the team pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and repeated the feat at the 2012 London Olympics. He also won three World Championships in the team pursuit, in 2007, 2008, and 2012.
Thomas' talent in the cobbled classics was very visible throughout the 2010's where he put his display on versatility. His most important victory in this terrain was the 2015 E3 Saxo Classic. He was also the winner of the 2014 Commonwealth Games road race and time-trial national champion in 2018 - whilst winning the road race in 2010 was his first pro win. Thomas turned pro in 2007 with Barloworld, where he rode alongside Chris Froome before the duo joined Team Sky where they'd achieve their career-best results.
On the road, Thomas won the 2018 Tour de France, becoming the first Welshman and third British rider to win it. His early successes were in track cycling, in which he was a specialist in the team pursuit. He won three World Championships and was Olympic gold medallist twice, in 2008 and 2012. Thomas had an early win on the road at the 2004 Paris–Roubaix Juniors and later had a senior victory at the 2010 British National Road Race Championships. Leaving track cycling to focus solely on the road, he subsequently found success in both one-day races such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games road race and the 2015 E3 Harelbeke, and in one week stage races, most notably at the 2016 Paris–Nice, the 2017 Tour of the Alps, the 2018 Critérium du Dauphiné, the 2021 Tour de Romandie and the 2022 Tour de Suisse.
In cycling's grand tours, Thomas was initially a lead domestique for Chris Froome in his victories. He won the first stage of the 2017 Tour de France, an individual time trial, to become the first Welshman to wear the Tour's yellow jersey. He later crashed in that race, as well as in the 2017 Giro d'Italia. Thomas became the first Welsh rider to win the Tour de France when he won the race in 2018. He gained the yellow jersey by winning stage 11 to La Rosière, extended his lead by winning stage 12 into Alpe d'Huez the day after, and retained the lead for the remainder of the race ahead of Tom Dumoulin and Chris Froome.
In that same year he won BBC Sports Personality of Year Award becoming first Welshman to win the award since Ryan Giggs in 2009. In 2019 he confirmed his Grand Tour pedigree when he reached podium again having finished runner-up in the Tour de France behind Team Ineos teammate Egan Bernal. Some rough years followed, as in 2020 he finished second in Tirreno-Adriatico but was forced to abandon the Giro d'Italia early on due to injuries. In 2021 he won the Tour de Romandie and finished on the podium of the Volta a Catalunya and Criterium du Dauphiné, however where he expected to perform the best - the Tour de France - he did not find form.
In 2022 Thomas became the first Welshman to win the Tour de Suisse and later that year recorded another podium finish at Tour de France placing third, returning to his best performances on the Grand Tours finishing only behind Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar. Thomas, now an absolute veteran in the peloton, would time his form perfectly into the 2023 Giro d'Italia which was to be his main goal. He started as a co-leader for INEOS Grenadiers but proved himself as a victory contender on stage 8, as he and teammate Tao Geoghegan Hart followed Primoz Roglic's attack and took time on the competition.
Thomas took over the race lead after Remco Evenepoel abandoned following stage 9, and INEOS Grenadiers took a firm hold of the race. Thomas would resist the attacks on the second week and those in the third week as well from João Almeida and Primoz Roglic. A goal of many years seemed close to being achieved but one final day had to be tackled, and the gruesome Monte Lussari time-trial favoured the Slovenian. Thomas started the final competitive day in pink but had to settle for a second place in the final GC. An impressive result but nevertheless a disappointment.
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