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Geraint Thomas to return to the Classics at Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Jack Elton-Walters
12 Feb 2018

British rider will line-up for the two Monuments this Spring

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) will make his return to the Spring Classics with rides at Paris-Roubaix and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. The rider, who has moved away from the one-day races as he dedicated himself to stage races and Grand Tours, was previously seen as one of Team Sky's and Britain's best hopes in the Monuments.

Thomas came in seventh in the 2014 Paris-Roubaix and in 2015 came first and third in E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem, respectively.

After strong showings in stage races, in particular the overall win at the 2016 Paris-Nice, the Welshman looked to turn his full attention to General Classification battles.

Crashes forced him out of both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France last year, the latter he was riding partly for himself and partly for team leader Chris Froome.

Fans will likely welcome Thomas's return to the one-day races as his decision to change focus was questioned in some quarters, so this dual approach of riding the Classics ahead of longer races later in the year ticks all boxes.

What's more, this year's Tour de France will include the 15 cobbled secteurs on Stage 9 within the 154km from Arras to Roubiax. Riding the Hell of North months before will be good training for anyone looking to line-up at the Tour in July.

After taking on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix on Sunday 8th April, Thomas is then looking to take the start of Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

The 270km race, known for its stinging climbs in the Ardennes area of Southern Belgium should suit a rider such as Thomas as shown by the dominance of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Taking a similar approach to their early season this year is Vincezo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) who will ride the Tour of Flanders before going for glory in a Grand Tour.