Geraint Thomas wants the Tour de France to continue at some point this year so that he can enjoy the “first” of his career.
The Welshman won the most famous cycling race in 2018 and finished second behind Colombian Egan Bernal in the renewal last year.
The 2020 tour is slated to start in Nice on June 27, but much will depend on what happens with the coronavirus epidemic by then.
The first signs are that the organizers would try to reschedule the competition in 21 stages, rather than canceling it, the postponement of the Olympic Games giving the calendar more flexibility later this summer.
Thomas knows some things are bigger than the sport, but he will be 34 next month and can’t wait to start racing again.
“I think I’m in great shape at the moment,” he told BBC Radio Five Live.
“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 is 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 I hope it continues 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. “