Geraint Thomas desperately wants the 2020 Tour de France to continue as he fights Father Time


Geraint Thomas is desperate for the Tour de France 2020 to continue – to stop Father Time on his tracks.

Last year’s 2018 champion and runner-up will turn 34 next month, while sidekick Team Ineos Chris Froome, British quadruple winner of the yellow jersey, will turn 35.

The two men are well aware that only one Tour winner – Firmin Lambot in 1922 – has passed the general classification beyond his 35th birthday.

Thomas hesitates that the race will take place behind closed doors – without public access to the start or finish of each stage – on June 27 in Nice, mentioned by the French ministers.

But the organizers plan to take the Tour in early October, before the mountain stages become impassable by the snow.

Speaking on Radio Five Live’s guest list, the Prince of Wales for cycling said: “I pray and hope it will continue at some point.

Geraint Thomas celebrates his Tour victory in 2018

“Obviously there are more important and important things to deal with first, but as soon as he is safe and ready to move on, we love that to happen. We don’t know when, but I hope it will happen this year.

“My career on the road started a little later than most of the others, and I feel like I’m at my peak, in my best years, so I don’t want to miss them.”

This week, Thomas will embark on three epic 12-hour virtual rides on consecutive days to raise funds and help the NHS fight the scourge of coronaviruses.

A training app will monitor his mileage on an indoor training bike and he said, “The Ineos team has done their Hands On project, providing free hand sanitizer to the NHS across the UK and Europe.

Thomas remains hopeful

“I wanted to do something myself, and biking is what I can do, so I set myself the task of reflecting an NHS worker’s shift pattern – three consecutive 12-hour shifts on the indoor trainer on Zwift in my garage in Cardiff.

“So Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., I will try to raise funds for the NHS.

“I’m a little nervous about spending 12 hours on the bike three days in a row, because the longest day I’ve ever had on the road was 8 h 20 min.

“Sitting in my garage, pedaling non-stop for 12 hours, will be more of a mental challenge than the physical part. “

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All cycling races have been postponed until at least June 1, and Thomas says his charity marathon will help him stay in shape without giving in to temptation as he follows a strict diet.

He added, “I’m going to fill up on fuel because I have to get up the next day and start over.

“But these are strange moments. It’s better than sitting on the couch feeling cranky because I’m not allowed to eat. “


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