Thomas: "It's a big, big challenge"

02 Oct 2020

Thomas: "It's a big, big challenge"

On the eve of the Giro d'Italia, Geraint Thomas, Rohan Dennis and Tao Geoghegan Hart give their pre-race thoughts.

Geraint Thomas:

“It’s nice when you hear people say I’m the favourite but I don’t think about any of that really. The main thing is getting here in the best shape I could and then racing as well as I can. I just hope they’re all right.

“Training has been going well, I felt like I was getting stronger through Tirreno, the Worlds TT went well, I feel like I am in the shape to be competitive. I’ve done all the hard work - that’s all I can control really. I am hopeful that I can be in the mix.

“It will be different to normal - it’s October, not May. The last week could be affected by the weather but from a rider’s point of view you just have to take it stage by stage. 

“The three time trials may help me, but it’s a a tough race and the weather will add to that. So it’s a big challenge, and one I’m looking forward to. I’ll be expecting attacks from the climbers, but it’s not just me against them, everybody has their strengths.

“It’s definitely a big, big challenge, but one I’m looking forward to.”

Rohan Dennis:

“Obviously, it’s been a different lead up with the World Championships just before the race. When we were at Tirreno I felt pretty good on the bike, and I was able to do my job better than I expected, so I am looking forward to it. 

“I am gonna go all in tomorrow. It’s only 15 kilometres, so it won’t change how I feel in the third week or even in the first, so I think it is worth having a crack and we'll see how it goes. Whatever happens, team GC could be looking pretty good!

"Ganna absolutely smashed us at worlds, so he is the out and out favourite. It starts with one kilometre uphill and although it’s not going to determine the win, I hope it will help my chances a little bit. But the last 6kms are pretty much flat, so it will come down to who has the best power and whose got the legs really – which is Filippo at the moment. As much as he is my teammate I would still like a win! GC-wise I think it’s really good for G as well.

"I think that if I do get the maglia rosa, I will probably lose it on day two. There’s no need for us to do any more work than we will have to do for G, and on the third stage we will be at the front helping him, so I am not going to waste my energy - even in the second TT. I am just going to cruise that second TT and then for the third – well, it’s the last stage so might as well have another crack."

Tao Geoghegan Hart:

“I am relaxed and happy. This will be my last race of 2020. It has been a very strange and unexpected year for us all, but I would like to use this opportunity to have something great to reflect upon come November. The Giro is a beautiful race and ultimately I am looking forward to the journey the next three weeks will bring.

“I definitely feel more prepared than for previous Grand Tours. Especially with the lessons I’ve learnt from the adversity of previous Grand Tour experiences. No doubt there will be many unexpected situations across the next few weeks, but we are here with a great team and I am looking forward to it.

“The main aim is to be there to support Geraint throughout the race, along with my seven other teammates. He showed in Tirreno the direction he is headed with his form and we all believe in him 100%."