The sky is truly the limit for Geraint Thomas as the Brit turns his full attention to the road following Olympic glory on the track in the team pursuit in London. A time trial specialist that is quickly becoming an exciting all-rounder, ‘G’ displayed his climbing credentials at the 2011 Tour de France, and his ability to win races at the British National Championships a year earlier.
With a self-confessed love for the cobbled Classics, Thomas will be looking to improve on campaign in 2011 which saw him net second place at Dwars Door Vlaanderen and 10th at the Tour of Flanders. The world of cycling will watch his progress with excitement.
Q & A
Who inspired you to start cycling?No one in particular. I joined a kids club and immediately loved it.
First bike:A blue Giant.
First cycling club:Maindy Flyers
Childhood hero:As a child I always wanted Jan Ullrich to win the Tour.
Funniest team-mate:Brad with his impressions but I laugh with Swifty the most.
What do you love most about cycling?The freedom. You can go anywhere and I enjoy the feeling after a good training ride.
What has cycling taught you?To be organised and disciplined.
Previous teams:2006 Recycling.co.uk; 2007-09 Barloworld
Favourite race:The Tour of Flanders
Career highlight:Winning gold and breaking world records at the London Olympics.
If you weren't a rider, what would you be?I’d have gone to university and done something science-oriented.
Interests away from cycling:I like watching Cardiff City and Arsenal at football, and Wales at rugby.
Best friend in the peloton:Ben Swift, Ian Stannard and Edvald Boasson Hagen at Team Sky, and also Steve Cummings.
Favourite food:Pizza with a glass of wine, finished off with gelato.
Most famous person you've met:The Queen
Most embarrassing moment:It was at the Vuelta a Burgos when I overtook my breakaway rival on a descent and then crashed in the very next corner.
Best advice:You have to enjoy cycling and then have the dedication and discipline to excel.
Junior Paris-Roubaix - 1st
Flèche du Sud - 1st overall
World Track Championships - Gold team pursuit
Olympic Games - Gold, team pursuit; World Track Championships - Gold team pursuit; Ster Elektrotoer - 3rd stage one (TT)
Tour of Qatar - 1st stage one (TTT); Critérium du Dauphiné - 3rd stage one; British National Road Race Championships - 1st; Tour de France - 2nd stage three, spell in white jersey; British National Time Trial Championships - 3rd
Bayern-Rundfahrt - 1st overall; Dwars Door Vlaanderen - 2nd; Tour of Flanders - 10th
Olympic Games - Gold, team pursuit; World Track Championships - Gold team pursuit; Tour de Romandie - 1st prologue