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BATTLE FOR PINK

GERAINT THOMAS

WHEN HE IS ON TOP FORM, GERAINT THOMAS IS BY far the strongest rider on the list of 2020 Giro d’Italia contenders. Thomas is among the best individual time trialists in the world; he can also soar on long, grinding climbs with a crushing tempo. And Thomas’ Team Ineos squad is the most successful grand tour team of the last 30 years. On paper, Geraint Thomas is our pick to win the Giro d’Italia.

Of course, races don’t take place on paper, and Thomas is hardly a shoo-in to win. Which Geraint Thomas will arrive in Sicily in October: The rider who won the 2018 Tour de France, or the one who was dropped repeatedly at the 2020 Critérium du Dauphiné? We just don’t know.

Thomas was not supposed to race the Giro d’Italia. His original race plan called for another assault at the Tour’s yellow jersey, but he was replaced on Team Ineos’ tour squad by Richard Carapaz just days before the race.

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