Geraint Thomas

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He's already won the biggest prize, by far. A Giro win is a huge step back in terms of prestige (in the real world). Motivation would be an issue, IMO.
But that wasn't really Wiggins' problem, was it? IfThomas cannot be motivated to go for the 2nd biggest stage race in the world, then he truly has a motivational problem and should consider quitting cycling. He knows that with his age he is not going to break any records of most Tour wins, so he should really try and go for the other two instead, so he can at least say that he won all three.
 
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But that wasn't really Wiggins' problem, was it? IfThomas cannot be motivated to go for the 2nd biggest stage race in the world, then he truly has a motivational problem and should consider quitting cycling. He knows that with his age he is not going to break any records of most Tour wins, so he should really try and go for the other two instead, so he can at least say that he won all three.
a GT "Grand Slam" is rather meaningless, if you can win another TDF. Cycling isn't like tennis. Thomas showed that he could win another Tour. He wasn't that far off, despite the set-backs in his prep.

He could aim for an Olympic gold medal instead, but I don't think a possible Giro win will be his main priority. Plus Ineos already have a Giro captain in Carapaz, anyway...
 
Normally I'd agree, but for a few things: He essentially missed a full mountain stage at the end of the Tour because of the weather; his workload ahead of the Tour was light; and I think given how the Vuelta panned out, he would have been at least the equal of Pogacar and maybe even Valverde -- he definitely would have been better than Lopez and Quintana. I just don't think he'll have many more GT shots where he'd be anything more than Plan B.
Thomas has only ever finished 2GTs in the same season once in his career. He came 15th in the Tour which Froome won, and followed that up with 69th in the Vuelta without ever showing his face, in a race where Froome and Roche were both high up on gc early on, and Roche won a stage.

Even allowing for his “winning the Tour without ever being top 10 before” performance last year, it’s a big stretch to say he could have done any better at the Vuelta than the riders Ineos did send.
 
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a GT "Grand Slam" is rather meaningless, if you can win another TDF. Cycling isn't like tennis. Thomas showed that he could win another Tour. He wasn't that far off, despite the set-backs in his prep.

He could aim for an Olympic gold medal instead, but I don't think a possible Giro win will be his main priority. Plus Ineos already have a Giro captain in Carapaz, anyway...
Is that why Froome tried for years to win La Vuelta? And then after he won, he went to Il Giro, jeopardizing his 5th !!! :eek: Tour win?!

Not to mention Hinault and his 1983 Vuelta!
 
Is that why Froome tried for years to win La Vuelta? And then after he won, he went to Il Giro, jeopardizing his 5th !!! :eek: Tour win?!

Not to mention Hinault and his 1983 Vuelta!
The Vuelta was always an afterthought for Froome.

As for the Giro, Israel paid him a couple million dollars


Plus, Froome wasn't sure to race the Tour at that point, seeing as he was involved in an unresolved doping case. ASO wasn't all that keen to have him at the start.
 
Only fitting that the top two at the Nationals ride the World's. And worth noting that "Katie's brother" set the British IP record earlier this year at the Medal Factory with a 4:09.584 ... significantly faster than SuperG OBE, Sir Brad or Chris Boardman MBE ever rode. Also worth noting that Wiggo and Chris both won UCI ITT titles.
 
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I think he's scared of his status if he loses by a couple of minutes against Remco.
I doubt it, more like he cannot be bothered if he isn’t able to produce his best.

My main issue is why isn’t he on form for a home world championships, having not done anything of note since the Tour ended 2 months ago. With his schedule this year he could have been in very good shape this week.
 
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I doubt it, more like he cannot be bothered if he isn’t able to produce his best.

My main issue is why isn’t he on form for a home world championships, having not done anything of note since the Tour ended 2 months ago. With his schedule this year he could have been in very good shape this week.
Same thing last year too. Had a Worlds where he had a shot at both the RR and the ITT, didn't even bother
 
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Same thing last year too. Had a Worlds where he had a shot at both the RR and the ITT, didn't even bother
Yes agreed, though at least last year he had the excuse of winning the Tour, and all the partying that followed. Is he really that happy to just be somewhere near his best for only 3 weeks per year at this stage of his career?

If that’s the case he’s not going to win another race.
 
Yes agreed, though at least last year he had the excuse of winning the Tour, and all the partying that followed. Is he really that happy to just be somewhere near his best for only 3 weeks per year at this stage of his career?

If that’s the case he’s not going to win another race.
He's actually never done anything big after the Tour. So apart from racing in the spring when he was a July domestique, apparently yes.
 
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