Yup.. Thomas has a lot of fans in britain after his performance last year..Kingsley A said:Dunno if DIM knows more than I do (quite likely as like many posters he seems more knowledgeable about the sport than I am) but De Gendt pushed EBH into 2nd place last year as the hero of the ToB. As an unknown 22 year old, he went out on breaks every day until he had accumulated enough points to win both the KOM an Points jerseys.
It's hard not to get excited by an aggressive young rider like that.
First stage he went on the attack and shared the mountains and sprint points with another rider. Second day he went again, racking up loads more points, and then interviewed said he would take a rest..
Surprise surprise the next day he attacked again. Made himself very very popular in britain with his riding style. Pretty much attacked every single day. Nearly got a stage win one day. Even the fifth day with the mountains classification all but mathematically guaranteed he attacked saying "The team leader said it would be useful if I had some more points in the mountains competition, We figured out that if I won the first two climbs today, then I could not be caught in that competition. "
Apparently he doesnt like riding in the group (he tried again sunday to get out of the main field in the gp marsellaise)
Think he was pretty taken aback in london on the final stage of the ToB with so many fans shouting his name.
I think a lot of british cycling fans took to him. Hope hes coming back this year, although the pressure will be on him to attack.