At the Dauphine Rowe was on hand to help compatriot Thomas to the biggest win of his career and he’s delighted to see his old friend, currently sat third overall, impressing on French roads.
“There’s no doubt he’s in the form of his life,” continued Rowe. “You can just see in the way he’s riding. He’s obviously confident which is important as well. And that win at the Dauphine can't be overlooked. It depends on your opinion but in my eyes it’s the fourth biggest stage race there is, after the three Grand Tours.
“To win that in itself is massive. It’s going to be interesting to see what he can do here over the next two and a half weeks but for sure he can do something special.
“Froomey is still number one of course, but it’s clear that we’ve got two guys to support and two guys to protect. We’ll give everything we can to both of them and if G can get top 10, top five, podium, win it — we don’t know! We can only dream. I’m sure he’s not going to be far off the podium.
“I’ve known him for so long, we grew up as kids, riding for Maindy Flyers, bombing round the local lanes, just two young lads going through the system with GB and up through the ranks together. It’s pretty cool actually. How often does that happen? We were just two kids messing around on BMXs, then we got road bikes, and tried to climb the ranks together. It’s great to see him doing so well.”