London (AFP) – Geraint Thomas hopes the Tour de France will continue this year as the former champion wants to make the most of his peak years.
Team rider Ineos Thomas won the Tour de France in 2018 and is confident he could win a second yellow jersey if the race can survive the chaos of the coronavirus.
The Tour is expected to take place between June 27 and July 19, but with sporting events around the world, his chances of surviving have been affected as the schedule seems distant.
Thomas appreciates that the Tour should take its place in the bigger scheme of things, but the Welshman is still crossing his fingers for the event.
“I think I’m in great shape at the moment,” he told the BBC on Saturday.
“My road career started a little later than most because I was racing on the track and at the Olympics. I feel like these are my best years. It’s a bit of a shame at the moment but there are a lot of serious things that need to take precedence over that.
“It’s a shame, but I hope it can move forward. Obviously, there are more important things that need to be fixed first, but as soon as it is safe and ready to move on, we would like to see that happen. I pray and hopefully move forward at some point.
“This is the pinnacle of the sport, that’s what it is about. I don’t know when but I hope it will continue this year. “
Meanwhile, Thomas has announced that he will undertake three 12-hour “shifts” on his indoor training bike as part of a fundraising campaign for the National Health Service run by the British state from 15 April.