Geraint Thomas begins Tour de France campaign

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas is riding in the Tour de France for Team Sky.

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Geraint Thomas rides strongly in Stage 2

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas rode strongly at the front of the peloton on day two of the Tour de France in Yorkshire, helping Team Sky leader Chris Froome stay out of trouble.

Geraint Thomas (second position) was often near the front of the race, between York and Sheffield. Credit: PA

Thomas, 25, finished safely in the pack, and is 22nd in the overall classification going into Stage 3, between Cambridge and London.

Watch highlights of Stage 2 on ITV4 at 7pm this evening

Tour de France Day 1: Geraint Thomas finishes 17th

Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas has finished 17th on the first day of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Team Sky leader Chris Froome came in 6th, while Mark Cavendish crashed near to the finish line.

This is the fifth tour for the two-time Olympic gold medallist from Cardiff.

Watch highlights of Stage 1 on ITV4 at 7pm this evening

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Geraint Thomas on Sky's Tour de France selection

Geraint Thomas will again ride in the world's most famous cycle race in support of team leader and defending champion Chris Froome.

Froome's inclusion means that Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford has left out former Tour champion Bradley Wiggins, despite the Olympic Gold medallist showing his form winning Thursday's British national time trial title on the roads of Monmouthshire.

Thomas will race in the Commonwealth Games just days after the Tour ends

Thomas will play a key role in Sky's attempts to claim a third straight Tour win as Froome's chief sidekick throughout the three week race.

Many tip the Cardiff man to play a central role himself in years to come with GB coach and former Sky man Shane Sutton tipping him to be a future Grand Tour winner himself in years to come.

For now though Thomas must continue to play second fiddle for the 21 stage race, that finishes just seven days before he attempts to secure a victory of his own at the Commonwealth Games road race in Glasgow.

'It's certainly not ideal. It's a big three weeks of racing around France trying to help Froomey win really so it'll be tough for sure" he said.

"I think mentally it's ok because I know I've just got to keep going until the Sunday, just hopefully I can recover well, eat well, sleep well and that's pretty much all I can do go there and go as fast as we can."

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