Thomas targets Tour defence
Geraint Thomas is targeting back-to-back Tour de France titles and believes he has what it takes to do it.
Thomas started his Tour preparations a little later this time around and was back on the bike towards the end of November, three weeks later than the previous year.
However, the 32-year-old Welshman says that the late start has not affected him and he will be ready to fire by the time the tour comes around.
"I'd love to win it again, but I'm not going to be thinking 'I need to win'," Thomas said. "I'm not far off what shape I was in last year. I know what I've got to do."
Team Sky are in the enviable position of having three General Classification contenders in their ranks. Thomas expects three-time winner Chris Froome to be one of his closet rivals this year, along with their team-mate Egan Bernal.
"I feel like there's less pressure because I've done everything I ever wanted to do," Thomas added. "It doesn't mean I'm less motivated, I just don't feel I've got anything to prove.
"I'm still determined as ever to win it again but if I don't then hopefully Froomey or Egan does. That whole thing will be played out on the road, as it was last year.
"I feel like, in every interview I do, people are talking about me and Froomey and who's going to win, but there's a lot of other good riders out there who are performing well at the moment."
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