Thomas excited for Deutschland return

28 Aug 2019

Thomas excited for Deutschland return

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Geraint Thomas is looking forward to getting back in the thick of the action at the Deutschland Tour this week as he begins his build up to the World Championships in Yorkshire.

The Welshman is back in Germany for the second year running in what will be his first race since finishing second at the Tour de France, behind teammate Egan Bernal. Thomas will be joined in Germany by Michal Kwiatkowski, Jhonatan Narvaez, Luke Rowe, Pavel Sivakov and Ben Swift.

Speaking to TeamINEOS.com, Thomas explained what he had been up to since the Tour.

He said: “I’m all good. I had 11 days off the bike after the Tour, went away with my wife Sa for a few days and it was really nice to just switch off, although coming back was pretty hard after that! 

"After finishing a Grand Tour, if you don’t ride it out of your legs, you can feel pretty poor for a while, but I’m feeling a lot better now, after two weeks of training. I’m getting plenty of long rides in and some good work done on the TT bike.”
Thomas will be targeting TT success at the World Championships in Yorkshire

Thomas will be targeting TT success at the World Championships in Yorkshire

The time trial World Championships are Thomas’ big focus for the remainder of 2019 and he has been upping his work on his Pinarello BOLIDE.

“I’ve done a good few rides on the TT bike,” he continued. “More lower intensity work, but I’ve been building up to a bit of threshold work recently. I’m enjoying having a goal at the end of the year. I’ve only finished the worlds once, back in 2011 when Cavendish won, and after that for one reason or another, I’ve never gone well at the end of September. Hopefully this will be the first time I do that.”

His first race back will be a valuable stepping stone on his way to the Worlds, although Thomas isn’t expecting any individual results in Germany. The team will be working for Narvaez and British champion Ben Swift.

“I’m looking forward to racing again, back with the boys,” Thomas added. “It’s always easier to push yourself in racing rather than training as well, particularly at this time of the year. Four hard days of racing will do me the world of good after the training I’ve done up to now. I like racing in Germany. It’s a good race, it’s not super hard, the stages build up in intensity. The days are straightforward and then the finals are hard. It’s just what I need."
Thomas will be working for Ben Swift in Germany

Thomas will be working for Ben Swift in Germany

He continued: “I’m looking forward to racing with Swifty too. It’s been great to see him come back after such a bad accident at the start of the year. It was great to see him win the nationals and I think this race suits him really well. It's punchy, time bonuses will be crucial towards the finish of the race and on the finish line.

“From here, I’ll be racing in Canada, then into the Worlds time trial and, all being well, the road race. The TT is the big goal for me, I’ll be doing all I can to get in the best shape there. Hopefully I’m good enough to represent the country well and be right up there.

“In the road race I’ll be doing the best I can for our leader, which judging by the way he’s going at the minute will be Swifty.”

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