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.

Sie lesen eine Vorschau. Registrieren Sie sich, um mehr zu lesen.

Mehr von Velonews

Velonews4 min gelesenMedical
Pumping Iron
The social media post shows Kate Courtney in a gym, surrounded by heavy weights, performing abdominal exercises. “2021 starts for me,” Courtney writes in the caption. While few of us have the luxury of training as a full-time job, we can learn from p
Velonews8 min gelesen
(un)expected Outcome
On the surface, Tadej Pogačar appeared to be just as gobsmacked as everyone else. Pogačar looked out at the small collection of fans and fellow competitors atop La Planche des Belles Filles, and perfectly encapsulated the feeling of astonishment that
Velonews4 min gelesen
Cobbles Crusher In Training
Elynor Bäckstedt has good cycling genes, and it’s no secret why. The 19-year-old phenom is the prodigy of famed Swedish rider Magnus Bäckstedt, winner of the 2004 Paris-Roubaix, and retired British national road champion Megan Hughes. It takes more t