British Cycling's Head Coach has backed Welsh rider Geraint Thomas to be a future Grand Tour winner.
Shane Sutton has worked closely with the cream of British Cycling during it's recent rise to prominence and played a key role in Bradley Wiggins becoming the first Brit to top the Tour de France podium in 2012, followed a year later by compatriot Chris Froome. He believes that the Cardiff man is next in line for the sport's biggest honours.
Thomas has for many years been tipped as a future star in the overall rankings of stage races but has until recently seen most of his success in the one day classics.
However a late change to Team Sky's lineup ahead of last week's Paris-Nice race forced the Olympic track champion into the unfamiliar position of leading his team in the season opener - a role which saw him take the race lead and look on course for a podium finish until a crash in the closing stages of stage 7 ended his hopes.
That performance though is nothing less than should be expected according to Sutton who now feels Thomas is coming towards a pinnacle of his career which will see him challenge for major title.