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Looking forward to the Tour de France and Olympics

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| 09:53 UK time, Friday, 27 May 2011

Hi!

I am looking forward to blogging regularly up to and during the 2012 Olympics. I will be filling you in from my races in the build-up to the Olympics and obviously how I’m feeling etc. Feel free to ask me any questions you like… I won't be able to answer all of them, but will do my best to respond to as many as I can.

So far this year, things have been going really well. The Classics were my first big target of the year. The run-up to the races went really well and I ended up 10th in the Tour of Flanders. This is one of the biggest one-day races in the year and something I grew up watching, so to be at the front of the race going for the win was great!

Since the first ‘big hit’ of the year, I have had a few easy weeks and have now begun my build-up to the Tour de France which recently included an altitude camp in Tenerife. This camp was more to see how I dealt with being, and training, at altitude.

The Tour is my next goal, where we will have to race at over 2000m above sea level. Tenerife was also a great place to train on the climbs, it was either up or down! We were staying on top of the volcano so it was pretty barren and boring up there. We didn’t have an internet connection most of the time and couldn’t watch the Giro d'Italia. Saying that, we didn’t have much time to worry about being bored as we were either on our bikes or conked out in bed.

After the camp, I went out to Italy. I rent an apartment in Tuscany, not far from Florence. It’s a great place to train. For a start, you don’t get any abusive drivers! The weather is great and there are plenty of climbs to train on.

I am now racing in Bayern Rundfahrt in Germany (website in German).  It’s a great race to do after a big training block. The roads aren’t too heavy going, they are nice and smooth making for fast racing. The hotels and food are also good so I couldn’t ask for more really.

The days and months soon fly by when you’re racing and training all over the world. Before we know it, we’ll be in Olympic year! I can’t imagine how big London 2012 is going to be, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

When we were in Beijing, we didn’t really get a taste of how big it was here in the UK, I guess we soon will. I will hopefully be riding in the team pursuit event on the track. We won convincingly in Beijing, but it’s going to be completely different this time round. The Aussies have a strong group of guys now and have closed the gap to us. The other events on the track are a lot closer, but I still think we have a great squad. It’s definitely going to be great racing and I can’t wait. Hopefully we can do the same as in 2008.

My next blog will be for the Tour de France which starts on 2 July. In the meantime, I look forward to your comments and questions. 

Geraint

 

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Hi Geraint, well done to you and Team Sky on your recent GC victory! How are your preparations for the TDF? if you have as good a start as last year will Wiggo be your wing man or is the team going for a Wiggins GC? do you think Alberto Contador will recover in time for the tour or will a rested Basso and Schlek be your biggest threats? No matter what, best of luck!

  • Comment number 2.

    G, looking at the recent pic on the Sky Pro Cycling site of Ben Swift winning at Romandie - I noticed the size of Óscar Freire's calf muscles. Who has the best calf muscles in the Peleton and is it something you lot try and out do each other on?

  • Comment number 3.

    This may be a daft question, but it's something I've always wondered - on the steep mountain stages when the spectators crowd onto the road, is it a distraction? Or can you zone out and ignore them? It seems like they get way too close quite often.

  • Comment number 4.

    Also, on the Blogs Homepage they don't even have a CYCLING heading - under the Sport or Olympics heading. Can you have a word please :-)

  • Comment number 5.

    Hi Geraint,
    Fantastic win !
    What are your plans and hopes for the TDF this year?
    Stage wins/overall/or working for Bradley?
    JohnT

  • Comment number 6.

    Smudgersmith15 - Thanks for the message!! Preparations are great so far for the TdF. Obviously the win last week was great for my confidence and nice to get a win on the board. I now have the Dauphine to look forward to which starts on Sunday.

    For the TdF I will be there to help Brad go for a top 10 on GC. Also the TTT is a big hit for the team and my best chance of winning a stage so I can't wait! Contador looks unbeatable at the minute. If he's climbing as good as he was during the Giro I can’t see him getting beat, even by a fresher Basso or Schlek.

    Grub – Ha ha no it is not something we try to outdo each other on. Obviously everyone wants to be lean for racing but I wouldn't say we try to outdo each others ' calve muscles. Well there’s no point in me trying! Kurt definitely has the best though!

    JoH1978 - They are a distraction sometimes but 9 times out of 10 they are great!! It is just the odd one that wants to run along side the riders for hundreds of metres, or stand in front for that split second too long. The atmosphere and encouragement is great though!

    And I'll have a word for you...

    JohnT - As I mentioned earlier the TTT is the big hit for myself and the team. If we won and had the yellow jersey in the team, even for a day, that would be great!! The rest of the tour Brad will be riding for the best GC result possible. And I'll be there to help along the way. I will also be there to help Eddie or another sprint, depending on who is selected. I may also get a chance myself somewhere along the route. Its going to be a busy 3 weeks!!

  • Comment number 7.

    Geraint, congratulations on the recent GC in Bayern Rundfahrt! Excuse my ignorance but is there any room in the Sky plan for the tour regards making a concerted push to give you a period in White again like last year? Or will the parcours put paid to that?

  • Comment number 8.

    LeftyBairn - No, not really. It will just happen if it happens. The TTT is the big hit obviously and so if we do well in that I could get it. But the priority is Brad for the GC.

 

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