Geraint Thomas

  • DOB25 May 1986
  • Age28
  • Height 1.83m
  • Weight70kg
  • NationalityWelsh
  • Birth PlaceCardiff, Wales

Bayern-Rundfahrt

Thomas the boss in Bavaria

Team stamps its mark on race

Last updated: 2nd June 2011

Geraint Thomas finished safely in the bunch on stage five to take a superb overall victory at Bayern-Rundfahrt.

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The British national champion capped off a strong race for the team following stage wins from Edvald Boasson Hagen and Bradley Wiggins by finishing the final stage with his overnight lead intact.

The win marked the first professional victory for the 25-year-old who infiltrated a decisive breakaway on stage three before taking over the race lead after a strong performance in Saturday’s time trial.

Boasson Hagen maintained an impressive run of consistency to take third in the sprint into Moosburg behind stage winner Giacomo Nizzolo (Leopard Trek) and John Degenkolb (HTC-Highroad).

Third place on the line, coupled with his exploits in the stage’s intermediate sprints, meant the Norwegian wrapped up the blue sprints jersey in addition to the squad’s dominant showing on team classification.

The team rode a smart race faced with the difficult task of trying to control affairs with a reduced squad of five, making victory for Thomas a team success in every sense.

Finishing off

During an undulating start to the stage Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo Bank-Sungard) broke away early on with a daring solo attack, while behind Team Sky were tasked with marshalling the peloton.

The Pole was the first man through the day’s first intermediate sprint point at Hohenwart and, when the field followed, Thomas’ GC rivals Michael Albasini (HTC-Highroad) and Nicki Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) flashed through to take the remaining two spots, shaving two and one second respectively off the Brit’s advantage.

As the peloton gradually reeled in the lone attacker, Boasson Hagen played the team game to perfection at the second intermediate sprint to take second place and soak up much of the pressure going into the closing stages.

Marycz held a slender one-minute advantage as the field hit the first of the finishing circuits but was inevitably swept up ahead of a sprint finish that played into the hand of Thomas.

Wonderful week

After the final stage we caught up with a very happy Servais Knaven who admitted that the race had been a special one for the team.

"Today was another good day for us again. We took the GC for G, another podium finish for Edvald and the points jersey, plus the team prize - so not too bad," said the Sports Director.

"We had the five riders and at the start there were a lot of attacks which we controlled pretty well. One rider went away and then it was fairly easy to control the race after that. Bradley and Christian were leading the field and the rider out front always had between three and four minutes.

"Eventually some teams came up to help so Brad could go back and conserve some energy for the end. At the finish he gave a good lead-out for Edvald with CJ and G also got on the front and Edvald did a good sprint.

"He has been on the podium a lot this week which is really good to see. He has also been a big help to the team all week. Even when he had the leader’s jersey he had to do some work because we changed our tactics. It’s been a really good week for everyone and it was great for G to take the win at the end."

Winning feeling

Fresh off the podium Geraint Thomas echoed the sentiments of his DS after a great week and a landmark victory for the Welshman.

He said: "There were attacks at the start but the boys covered them really well and then one Saxo Bank rider ended up on going up the road which was perfect for us.

"Brad and Christian controlled it all day then and they were super-strong as always which meant me, Eddy and CJ could sit back a bit and focus on the sprints. We led out Eddy at the end and he ran third to take the points jersey.

"It was a great end to the week – we’ve been on the podium every day as well so it’s a great race for us.

"We’ve all worked really well together. Even without radios, we’ve known exactly what we’ve had to do and we’ve all communicated really well. I think it shows that after a full year together we are really starting to gel as a unit and as a team. It’s really paid off this week."

The win marked the first stage-race victory as a professional for Thomas, a feat he admitted came as somewhat of a surprise.

He added: "It’s great, I didn’t really expect it coming into the race. We had Eddy and Brad and Christian as well – we thought all four of us were capable of winning it and to be in that position is fantastic.

"The goals this season were the classics and the Tour; I hit the first one of those pretty well, had a little bit of downtime after that and now the build-up to the Tour seems to be going pretty much to plan. I’ll have a nice, easy week now and then it’s the Dauphine and then the Tour will virtually be on us."

User comments (9)

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Howie Bolt says...

ABSOLUTELY A BRILL RESULT FOR GERAINT AND SKY.NOW THE OTHER TEAMS WILL BE "QUAKIN IN THEIR...??? BOOTS ???SHORTS???TEAM CARS???? WHATEVER....WELL DONE LADS.

Posted 20:32 29th May 2011

Pete Harper says...

Well done geraint, met you in pau last year and glad you took the win, top bloke

Posted 19:26 29th May 2011

Sarah Bane says...

Chuffed to bits for you all - simply marvellous!

Posted 19:04 29th May 2011

Ian Why says...

Nice one guys. Congratulations to G and the team. Now for the Tour. Bring it on!!

Posted 19:04 29th May 2011

Alistair Rees says...

Well done Big G! It's refreshing to see a winner with a totally clean conscience! Keep it up. Good luck for the Tour de France!

Posted 18:41 29th May 2011

Paul Robertson says...

Delighted to see the team work so well together and a good share of stage victories. Well done to Geraint and congratulations on your first stage tour win. Bring on the TDF - I sense a good year for all the Brits. A good day all round with David Millar taking the final stage of the Giro.

Posted 17:58 29th May 2011

Bev Smerklo says...

A very big congratulations to Geraint and all of Team Sky...excellent result:)

Posted 16:12 29th May 2011

Steve Wiltshire says...

Fabulous result. It's going to be a great Tour for Sky this year!

Posted 15:33 29th May 2011

Peter Newman says...

Congratulations to Geraint and the Sky Team Geraint is the first british rider to win the Bayern Rundfahrt. The Team has good riders for the tour de france. Regards Peter Newman

Posted 14:57 29th May 2011

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