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Wales National Velodrome renamed after Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas

Joe Robinson
17 Aug 2018

National velodrome renamed as Thomas becomes one of Wales's 'most successful sportspeople'

Following his Tour de France-winning success, the Wales National Velodrome is set to be renamed after Geraint Thomas.

The velodrome, which is currently managed by the Newport City Council and Newport Live, confirmed that it would be changing its name to the Geraint Thomas National Velodrome of Wales after the Welsh rider accepted the invitation for this honour.

Thomas raced at the Newport-based velodrome in his junior days, and credits it as a foundation for much of his success. As well as his yellow jersey success this summer at the Tour, Thomas is a double Olympic gold medalist in the team pursuit (Beijing 2008 and London 2012) and a three-time track World Champion.

Newport also played a huge part in the early careers of several of Thomas's Welsh contemporaries, such as Olympic gold medalist Owain Doull and double Olympic silver medalist Becky James.

Thomas commented that the accolade of having the velodrome renamed after him was beyond belief and that he considered it a great honour. 

'It’s a huge honour for me to have the Velodrome renamed after me – I can’t quite believe it if I’m honest. The Velodrome has played a pivotal part in my cycling story and continues to play such a key role in inspiring the next generation of cyclists in South Wales,' said Thomas.

'It’s a fantastic facility for riders of all ages and abilities to hone their talents.'

Leader of Newport City Council Debbie Cox also commented on the decision stating that Thomas is fully deserving of the honour considering he is one of Wales's 'most successful elite sportspeople'.

'We want to show our appreciation of Geraint’s awesome achievement. This is the glittering prize in an already stellar career in which Geraint has notched up a wealth of titles, including two Olympic golds on the Track.

'Geraint has been a regular visitor to the Wales National Velodrome since it opened in 2003 and has spoken of what it has meant to him, so it is entirely fitting that Newport bestows this honour on him,'

'He is not only one of the country’s most successful elite sportspeople, he has already inspired generations of young people.'

Thomas is set to take part at in this year's Tour of Britain in September alongside teammate and six-time Grand Tour champion Chris Froome. The Welshman will also have an opportunity to thank the Newport Council personally as stage 1 of the race finishes in the south Wales city.