Welshman eyeing further Tour de France success
Geraint Thomas wants to "create more" memories at the Tour de France after being named joint leader with Egan Bernal for Team Ineos.
The Welshman won the historic race in 2018 but his involvement this year was thrown into doubt after suffering a bad crash at the Tour of Switzerland.
He admitted he was "lucky to escape serious injury" and he insists he is in good health ahead of this year's edition.
Team Ineos have named Thomas and Colombian Bernal as joint leaders for the 21-stage race after Chris Froome was forced to pull out following a high-speed crash earlier this month.
Thomas has welcomed the decision to appoint joint leaders and hopes to experience another successful campaign.
"Winning the Tour de France last year was the highlight of my professional cycling career and racing with the number one on my back is going to be special this year," he said.
"The memories of 2018 will remain with me forever, but now I'm ready to create more with the team this year.
"It's no secret my build-up has been affected by the crash at Tour de Suisse, but I've had a good block of training since and I feel ready.
"Discussing with the team, we believe it makes sense to go into the race with joint leaders as it gives us more options. Egan and I will work hard for each other and the team over the three weeks of the race.
"We've got a really exciting blend of youth and experience in the team."
Jonathan Castroviejo, Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon, Wout Poels, Luke Rowe and Dylan van Baarle make up the rest of the Team Ineos squad.
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