Thomas hails Vingegaard, Pogacar | The Categorical Tribune



PARIS:

Geraint Thomas stated Saturday he was “over the moon” to have made it onto the 2022 Tour de France podium behind a “as soon as in a era” pair of tremendous cyclists Jonas Vingegaard and Tadej Pogacar.

The 36-year-old Thomas got here into the Tour as a chaperone to Ineos Grenadiers staff co-captains Adam Yates and Dani Martinez, however ended approach forward of each.

“Dani received sick in order that was the tip of him, Yatesey is sick now so it was right down to me,” stated Thomas, who received the Tour in 2018.

Crew Jumbo’s Vingegaard tops the general standings forward of the ultimate stage to Paris, 3min 34sec forward of two-time defending champion Pogacar, whereas Thomas stands third at 8min 13sec.

“I am over the moon, to be on the rostrum,” stated Thomas. “Individuals speak about age, however for me it is about mentality, in case you eat, prepare, relaxation correctly reasonably than what I did six years in the past you may obtain so much.

“This final 12 months I have been as match as ever, and it exhibits, as a result of I am on the rostrum.”

Thomas was his regular affable self comfortable with a microphone and making jokes, though he appeared lethal severe in regards to the coming two years.

“I will rejoice, however I will strive to not rejoice an excessive amount of. I can see the tip of my profession coming and I wish to take advantage of it,” he stated.

“So I will rejoice, however not as arduous as I used to as a result of one factor about age is that hangovers are worse.”

Thomas additionally stated he had been shocked by the French followers getting behind him alongside the route.

“It was good to listen to the French public get behind me, reasonably than booing prior to now,” he stated in reference to the 2018 Tour the place Chris Froome was unpopular.

Thomas stated he would proceed the season and stick with Ineos in 2023.





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