The best fortnight of Geraint Thomas’s career continues. Two weeks ago, he outsprinted Peter Kennaugh to win the British national championships. Now he is sat second overall at the Tour de France and entertaining the thought of exchanging his white jersey for yellow after today’s seventh stage from Tournus to Station des Rousses.
“That would be unbelievable. I didn’t even dream of getting the yellow jersey this year: to be in this position now, talking about grabbing the jersey, it’s real crazy,” he said, talking to Cycling Weekly at his hotel last night.
“I’m not going to keep the white jersey till Paris, but it’s still nice to be wearing it for the last few days,” Thomas added.
To take the maillot jaune will be a tough ask, considering the strength of its current tenant, Fabian Cancellara, who has a twenty-second advantage over the Briton.
“He’s got bags of power in him. It’s definitely something to go at if the situation arises but obviously today a big group could go and gain quite a big bit of time. If it comes back together, I’m sure Cancellara will want to keep it if he’s in the front group,” Thomas said.
“It’ll be tough but if there’s a chance to get it, I’m definitely going to try,” the 24-year-old resolved.
There is the possibility that third-placed Cadel Evans, 19 seconds behind Thomas will take to the attack on the roads of the Jura. Thomas could also be sidelined by his duties to team leader Bradley Wiggins.
However, Team Sky head coach Shane Sutton believes that if it doesn’t happen today, Thomas could potentially keep with the favourites on Sunday’s finish at Morzine-Avoriaz and take the jersey there.
“People are forgetting that it’s not out of reach he has the
jersey at the end of the weekend. It’s Geraint’s time and who knows, he could drag himself over Morzine.
“They’re not Hors-categories, they’re first Cats, and having ridden the Col de la Ramaz [the penultimate climb tomorrow], I think he can get over it.”
“He wouldn’t if they went from the bottom, but if he’s showing the form he had at the Dauphine, he’s got to be close to being there over the weekend,” he said.
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Team Sky’s decision to put Wiggins off early back fires
Tour de France 2010: Stage reports
Stage six: Cavendish makes it two as Tour hots up
Stage five: Cavendish wins his first stage of Tour
Stage four: Petacchi wins into Reims
Stage three: Hushovd takes dramatic win; Thomas second on stage and GC
Stage three live coverage: As it happened
Stage two: Comeback man Chavanel takes victory in Spa
Stage one: Petacchi wins in Brussels as bunch left in tatters
Prologue: Cancellara pips Martin to win
Tour de France 2010: Race guide
Tour de France 2010: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index
Official start list, with race numbers
Brits at the Tour 2010
Tout team guide
Tour jerseys: What they are and what they mean
Brits in the Tours: From Robinson to Wiggins