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Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome to race Tour of Britain

Joe Robinson
16 Aug 2018

Team Sky Tour de France winning duo announced for Britain's biggest race

Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas and Giro d'Italia champion Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the Tour of Britain, which starts in Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthenshire, on Sunday 2nd September. 

Thomas will return to the one-week stage race after securing a maiden yellow jersey in July. The Welshman's victory was widely celebrated upon his return and he is now looking forward to a return to racing in his home country.

'As soon as I’d finished the Tour I knew I wanted to ride the Tour of Britain and race on home roads. It starts in Wales which will be special, and then I get to go and race across the whole of the UK. I can’t wait,' said Thomas.

'I want to go to the race in the shape to compete and enjoy it. We’ll have to see how the next few weeks go but I’m looking forward to it and I know we will have a strong team there. Wout [Poels] is looking really good at the moment too.'

Thomas is a regular at the Tour of Britain competing eight times since his debut with the Great Britain team in 2005, with his best finish being sixth in 2009.

At last year's edition, Thomas finished seventh overall taking the prize of best placed British rider.

Riding the Tour of Britain does mean that Froome will be absent from the Vuelta a Espana therefore not defending his title. Froome has routinely ridden the Vuelta since 2011 but with victory in last year's race and four consecutive Grand Tour's in the legs, the Giro champion has opted for a change of programme.

'It’s been a long time since I’ve raced the Tour of Britain. The Vuelta a Espana has always been such a big goal and sadly coincided with the Tour of Britain, but not doing La Vuelta this year gives me the chance to come back to the UK and race on what looks like a great parcours,' explained Froome.

'I’m really looking forward to riding. I always remember there being a great atmosphere at the Tour of Britain and the race has only got bigger over the years. I’m really looking forward to coming back.'

This will be Froome's first participation in the Tour of Britain since 2009, when as a teammate of Thomas at Barloworld, the six-time Grand Tour champion finished in 50th. His only other participation at the race was in 2007 in which he finished 31st.

Froome and Thomas will be joined by former Tour of Britain stage winner and mountain domestique Wout Poels. The remaining Team Sky riders for the race are yet to be confirmed.

Froome and Thomas join Katusha-Alpecin duo Alex Dowsett and Marcel Kittel as confirmed riders for this year's race.

The OVO Tour of Britain will begin on Sunday 2nd September in Pembrey Country Park, Wales before finishing a week later on Sunday 9th September in London.