In terms of his shape, Thomas is optimistic: “I’m feeling alright at the moment. I had a good block in Tenerife after Valencia so it feels like I’ve moved on quite a bit. Obviously I’m still a little behind where I would normally be as the last off-season was so long but I’m feeling a lot better and looking forward to racing now.”
What are his aims for Strade? Simple: “To get stuck into the race. I don’t think I’ve got the form to win but you never know with bike racing,” he continued.
“I’ll just get stuck in, ride well with the boys and see what we can do. I’m not putting pressure on myself to perform. It’s another good block of racing before another Tenerife camp, and then hopefully I can be in a bit better form to go for podiums etc.
“At this point last year I think I was a little more ready to race. I was back training sooner but I’m not far off. I’ve got a good base now and some foundations to build on. It’s all heading in the right direction.”