Geraint Thomas returns to France to train for the Tour

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Geraint Thomas staff won the Tour de France for 5 years

British Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas will travel to France on Monday to improve his training for this 12-month occasion.

Welshman Thomas, 33, was champion in 2018, after which teammate Egan Bernal has completed the last 12 months for Crew Ineos.

The tour was originally scheduled to run from June 27 to July 19, but can now start on August 29 and end on September 20 due to a coronavirus.

“We’re all ready for the Tour, hopefully,” said Thomas.

“We now have a start date and that gives us something to do. I’m going to return to France on Monday. ”

Thomas added throughout a live chat on Fb: “We will be back there, we can train on the roads there – for the moment anyway, that’s what the French government said – so we look forward to it. “

The governing body of the bicycle, the UCI, has introduced a Tuesday race schedule, with the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana which overlap in October.

Asked what he considered the adjustments, Thomas said, “It’s great if it can happen. Obviously, it’s extremely condensed and there are a lot of races.

“Perhaps the only drawback is that the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a Espana and Paris-Roubaix overlap, which is not to be expected.

“If we could participate in all of these races, it would be phenomenal – but that may be wishful thinking. “

Double Olympic gold medalist Thomas coached his warehouse at his Cardiff home the last month he completed three 12 hours static bike rides, raising over £ 350,000 for the NHS.

Regardless of the problem, Thomas says staying in shape has proven to be difficult and he needs to focus on maintaining health rather than improving it.

“You can get bored while eating. It is quite easy to gain some weight, especially when you are not training as hard as usual, so this is the biggest challenge, “he said.

“At the start of the lockdown, my wife got a little hungry and bought quite a few treats – hot crossed buns, cupcakes, little chocolate bars – and I got stuck in them quite often, so it been banned from the house now.

“As soon as I return to the market [to France], will probably be fully down again. ”

Although a former champion, Thomas can play a supporting role with teammates Ineos Bernal of Colombia and British quadruple winner Chris Froome, who missed the last 12-month round due to damage.

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