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Thomas pens new contract extension at Team Sky

Thomas has signed a new deal at Team Sky. Credit: PA

Geraint Thomas has signed a contract extension to remain with Team Sky.

The Welshman, 29, has been an integral member of Team Sky since its inception in 2010.

Thomas switched his focus to stage races this season, winning the Volta ao Algarve in February before claiming his first Paris-Nice title in March.

Speaking from Team Sky's training camp in Tenerife, he said: "Signing again was an easy decision. Team Sky feels like home. From the other riders to the staff, I love it here.

"I've only really just started when it comes to trying to win stage races. I'm learning all the time about how to get in the best shape for them and how to lead a team.

"For me, this year started with winning Paris-Nice and is now about going to the Tour in the best shape possible to support Froomey. After the Tour we can start looking to next year and keep setting bigger and better goals.

"It's about keeping that progression going, and Team Sky is the best place to do that. I'm just super happy being part of the team."

Watch Criterium du Dauphine cycling live on ITV4

The peloton makes its way through Alpine France. Credit: Team Sky

Watch stage six of cycling's prestigious Criterium du Dauphine live on ITV4 and ITV Player at 12.30pm today. Team Sky leader Chris Froome is in contention as he looks to ride into top form before this summer's Tour de France (also live on ITV4).

You can also catch up on highlights of previous Dauphine stages on ITV Player.

Richie Porte to lead Team Sky at Giro d'Italia

Giro d'Italia is Porte's main goal of the season. Credit: PA

Richie Porte will front Team Sky's bid for glory at the Giro d'Italia.

The 30-year-old Australian, who has won Paris-Nice, Volta a Catalunya and Giro del Trentino this season, will lead a nine-man team during a competition which begins in San Lorenzo on May 9.

Porte's squad features the Italian duo Salvatore Puccio and Elia Viviani, alongside Bernhard Eisel, Sebastian Henao, Vasil Kiryienka, Leopold Konig, Mikel Nieve and Kanstantsin Siutsou.

Porte said: "The Giro d'Italia has been my main goal of the season. I've worked very hard through the winter and am entering the race strong, healthy and up for the challenge.

"The competition will be tough, and obviously anything can happen in a Grand Tour, but we've got a great group of riders going into the race and we are ready for it."

Sky rider Richie Porte wins Paris-Nice

Team Sky rider Richie Porte reeled in a 36-second gap to win the Paris-Nice title for the second time in three years.

The Australian was well placed but still significantly behind Tony Gallopin heading into the final day, but while Porte surged the overnight leader fell away on the Col d'Eze time-trial.

Porte said: "It means a lot to me to be a two-time winner of an iconic race like Paris-Nice, and this one feels even sweeter than the last one because it was so hard. They threw everything at us yesterday, and to win on the top of the Col d'Eze this year, like I did in 2013, is incredible."

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