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by Matt de Neef
December 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van der Poel and Cant win in Essen; Van der Poel and Ferrand-Prevot win at Druivencross; Rafal Majka aiming for Tour de France top-five in 2018; Ilnur Zakarin eyeing off Tour podium; Geraint Thomas to consider other offers after 2018; Davide Rebellin to be racing at 50? “Why not? It’s possible”; Albert Timmer retires from pro cycling; Marcel Kittel allowed to wear Katusha kit for team presentation; Updated kit for Canyon-SRAM in 2018; Wiggins 21st in indoor rowing debut; Peter Sagan’s message to the people of California.
Geraint Thomas still has another year left on his contract with Team Sky, but the Welsh super-domestique has already indicated that he’ll be happy to consider offers from other teams for 2019 onwards. Thomas has expressed an interest in riding for his own ambitions at Grand Tours, something he has limited opportunities to do at Team Sky.
“I’m certainly going to listen to some teams,” Thomas told BBC Sport Wales. “Trek-Segafredo have shown an interest and there are some other teams as well. I certainly want to sit down and listen to what they’ve got to say.
“I’m not getting any younger. I don’t feel old, but I’m 31 now and I probably only have three or four more years at the very top, so I want to make the most of those. I’m not saying I want to leave or I’m going to but I certainly want to sit down and see what everyone has got to say.”
Thomas started the 2017 Giro d’Italia as Sky’s co-leader, his first opportunity to lead a Grand Tour. He started well but was forced to abandon the race after a crash. He’s hoping he’ll get more opportunities.
“I’d love to go to a couple more Grand Tours as a leader and fully target them and just see what I can do, whether that’s ninth, winning one, third or fourth, whatever really. It would be something I would really like to go for before hanging up my bike, so to speak.”
Follow the link to read more at BBC Wales.