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“MOTORBIKE” THOMAS SET TO TAKE ON TOUR OF BRITAIN CHALLENGE

6 Sep 2007

Merely two months on from his momentous Champs Élysées finish following his gargantuan Tour De France effort, Welsh cycling star Geraint Thomas is turning his attentions a little closer to home as he prepares to take on the 590-mile challenge of the Tour of Britain (9-15 September 2007).

Geraint Thomas

The 21-year-old Cardiff man will this year take to the start line in his Barloworld team colours and will be jostling for race positions against his Great Britain Cycling stablemates, including Mark Cavendish and Ed Clancy.

Beginning in London with a 2.5km prologue time trial at Crystal Palace, the race will pass through the South East of England, Somerset, West Midlands, Yorkshire, the Northwest, before finally finishing in Glasgow after seven days of competitive racing.

Widely touted as one of the brightest young cycling talents in Britain, it was Thomas’ 20-stage tussle across the Channel in July which underlined his emergence onto the world road racing stage in no uncertain terms.

He finished 140th - nearly four hours behind winner Alberto Contador – but crossing the finish line at the Champs-Élysées was always going to be the target for the Welshman who was making his event debut as the youngest cyclist out on the course.

His achievements to date have earned him the plaudits from the upper echelons of world cycling.

At last weekend’s Newport Nocturne event in Shropshire, British Cycling veteran and eventual race winner Malcolm Elliott, 42 from Sheffield described chasing down Thomas’s all out attack as "like chasing a motorbike".