Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas says he will only race the Tour of Flanders in this year’s cobbled campaign, preferring instead to focus on stage races Geraint Thomas, Revolution Series, London, November 2015 Geraint Thomas will not defend his E3 Harelbeke title in March, with his desire to transform into a Grand Tour contender necessitating his move away from one-day racing.
The Welshman showed his stage race potential last season with a win at the Volta ao Algarve and a sensationally strong ride at the Tour de France, leading many people to tip him as a future Grand Tour winner .
Last spring Thomas was tabbed as a future cobbled Classic champion after his performances at E3 Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem – where he came third – but he says the Tour of Flanders will be his only cobbled race in 2016.
“It was not an easy decision, but as it looks now, I will ride the Tour of Catalonia rather than the E3-Wevelgem weekend,” he said at the Tour Down Under. “The Tour of Flanders is basically my only cobbled classic and then we [got to train] on Tenerife, so I will miss Roubaix.
“Liège-Bastogne-Liège, on the other hand, can fit into my agenda. […]