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Geraint Thomas completes 309km, eight-hour training ride around Mallorca

Joe Robinson
17 Dec 2019

The hard graft for 2020 has already begun for the Welshman

In the latest edition of 'professional cyclist rides bike really far', Geraint Thomas spent his Sunday completing a 309.4km, 8.5-hour ride lap of Mallorca.

Rather than attending the Sport's Personality of the Year Award in Aberdeen, of which he was defending champion, the 2018 Tour de France winner is currently on the sunny Balearic Island alongside 90% of the world's other professional and amateur cyclists. 

Thomas posted his ride to social media with a photo of his Garmin, revealing the stats while also sharing a message of encouragement to compatriot and Rugby Union player Alun Wyn Jones, who was unsuccessful at Sport's Personality of the Year last night. 

'Gutted not to be at #SPOTY tonight, but making up for it with a lap of Mallorca with the boys today. All time in the bank for next year! Good luck to all the nominees but particularly @alun.wyn.jones O and Cioni said ‘no chance you’ll go under 9hrs,' wrote Thomas.

Readying himself for the 2020 season, Thomas went on the big ride with his Team Ineos teammates, including Filippo Ganna, Michal Kwiatkowski and new recruits Richard Carapaz and Ethan Hayter.

None of which, however, matched the Welshman's mammoth distance with Thomas completing the ride on his Pinarello Bolide time trial bike.

Ganna rode 167km in five and a half hours, Kwiatkowski only spent 67km on the road while Carapaz stopped after 93km. Young Brit Hayter got closest with a 181km, six-hour ride but still left Thomas to ride the final two hours solo.

Managing to ride the 309.4km lap of Mallorca in just over eight and a half hours left Thomas with a decent average speed of 36kmh and steady average heart rate of 106bpm. However, as Thomas is yet to post the ride to Strava, the jury is still out to whether any of this actually happened.

All the off-season graft will be working towards a 2020 season in which Thomas will be hoping to get back to Grand Tour-winning ways.

The Welshman finished second at last summer's Tour de France behind teammate Egan Bernal and will likely be forced to miss the race next season to make room for Bernal and a returning Chris Froome.

It is likely that Thomas will form a two-pronged approach to the Giro d'Italia in May with defending champion Carapaz, who joins from Movistar.

Speaking to press back in September, he said that the prospect of racing the Giro for victory was enough to get him excited and 'get him out of bed in the morning'.