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Geraint Thomas Targeting More Success After Giro d’Italia Heartbreak
Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas has his eyes set on more success in the cycling season, following a heart-breaking second-place finish at the Giro d’Italia. The 37-year-old rider led for much of the final week but lost first position to Primoz Roglic in a dramatic penultimate stage time trial. Thomas had an unpredictable winter as illness interrupted his training and race programs. He completed only two short stage races after completing the Tour Down Under in Australia before heading to Italy for Giro d’Italia’s showdown.
Despite missing out on a second Grand Tour title by just 14 seconds, Thomas remains proud of his achievement given what he went through during preparations leading up to this event. “Getting on the podium is still a big achievement,” said Thomas. While acknowledging that losing was still hurting him, he quickly looked ahead and stated that he would now focus on other events coming up later in summer such as World Championships in Glasgow and Vuelta a Espana: “With Worlds taking place here [UK] in August, they are still goals, followed by potentially Vuelta.” The former Team Sky rider admitted feeling sentimental when reuniting with family after losing out narrowly to Roglic – who won by 40 seconds at Monte Lussari’s time trial up.
However, speaking about Mark Cavendish wining last stage also brought some good cheer into their camp even though it couldn’t take away his pain entirely. “I’m definitely not going to do more than two years; I don’t think so,” said Geraint while discussing his future plans.
The Winning Pedigree Of Primoz Roglic
Roglic added another feather to his cap with an impressive victory over Geraint Thomas at Giro d’Italia recently. The Slovenian rider’s winning pedigree is not something to be taken lightly, given his background. Remarkably, Roglic had won a junior ski jumping world title as a teenager at the same location where he recently emerged victorious in Giro d’Italia – Monte Lussari.
The 31-year-old Grand Tour specialist has been in sterling form over the past few years and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. He will undoubtedly continue to be one of the most formidable opponents for cyclists looking to win any upcoming races.
Mark Cavendish Retires On A High
Mark Cavendish may have announced his retirement from cycling at the end of this season, but he certainly isn’t going out quietly. His impressive victory in the final stage of Giro d’Italia was aided by none other than Geraint Thomas himself. Cavendish has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning more than two decades with numerous victories across different events worldwide. While it remains unclear what lies ahead for him after retiring officially later this year, it’s clear that he still has got plenty left in his tank.
In conclusion, despite missing out on another Grand tour title narrowly- Geraint Thomas’ grit and determination cannot be questioned when you consider everything he went through leading up to participating in Giro d’Italia. We must give credit where due to Primoz Roglic for emerging victoriously even though we can’t help feeling bad about Thomas losing out just like that.