Thomas ready to begin year at Volta ao Algarve

18 Feb 2020

Thomas ready to begin year at Volta ao Algarve

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Geraint Thomas is relishing the prospect of getting stuck into racing again.

The Welshman is set to make his 2020 debut at the Volta ao Algarve tomorrow and, although he isn’t expecting to be challenging for the title, Thomas is hopeful of racing on the front foot as part of a strong Team INEOS lineup.

Ready to help support Rohan Dennis, Michal Kwiatkowski and Dylan van Baarle, he’s pleased to be back on the roads of south Portugal.

Thomas said: “I want to get stuck into a good five days of racing. There are a lot of guys in our team who have already done at least a week of racing - Rohan, Dylan, Kwiato - and they’re targeting early races and going really well. I’ll be there to give them a hand and should still be up there but I won’t be going for the win. I’ll be helping the other boys in that regard. It’ll be nice to be affecting a race again.”
Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas

I want to get stuck into a good five days of racing.

Recently back from his now-traditional January training camp in LA, Thomas feels he is in better shape than this time last year, when a longer off-season following his Tour de France win saw him chase form up until he finished third at the Tour de Romandie in May, then second behind teammate Egan Bernal in France.

“I didn’t do too much on the bike over Christmas because I’d had a good seven-week training block before that," continued Thomas. "Then I went to LA on January 1. I had four really good weeks there. I did some good training and it was nice to get away from Europe, in my own little world, my own bubble. It’s all NFL, basketball - and no one really cares about cycling! You can just get on with your thing and I had the family there with me too. I did some good work out there.

“Last year was very different to any other in my career really, coming back from winning the Tour. Usually I start the season quite strongly. This year I’ve not been as intense as normal and it’s a little different these days where the Tour is the sole focus for the whole year but I'm feeling better. I’m not at race weight yet but my power numbers are encouraging. I’m still a lot lighter than this time last year and my numbers are better as well.”