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Geraint Thomas | 17:04 UK time, Friday, 4 May 2012

As we approach the business end of the road cycling season, it's a case of another tour, another injury for us at Team Sky.

 

We are all raring to go for the Giro d'Italia, which starts in Denmark on Saturday, but obviously we had some more bad luck on Thursday with Ben Swift crashing and injuring his shoulder.

 

It was disappointing for him more than anything because he has not had too much luck with injuries and crashes.

Geraint Thomas, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins

Geraint Thomas (centre), aims to help Mark Cavendish (left) and Bradley Wiggins (right) to glory this summer Photo: Reuters

 

He is a fighter though and he knows how to come back from these kind of setbacks. He'll be on the turbo as soon as he can, he's one of the hardest working guys I know! He is back in the UK now so will have a great team around him to help him back so I don't think it will affect his Olympic chances too much.

 

 I came here to be the lead-out man for Mark Cavendish and Swifty was going to be in front of me in the train so obviously it affects the plans slightly.

 

 But Jeremy Hunt has already flown out here and he is another experienced head in the team which will help a lot, especially here in Denmark where it is expected to be extremely windy. What job he will carry out in the team, I'm not quite sure yet, but it is still a strong team and we are all excited to get racing. 

 

 The Giro starts with a short prologue stage, so I'll just give it everything and see what happens. It is obviously a bit longer than the Tour de Romandie, which was only about three and a half minutes long, whereas Saturday will be 10 and half, 11, something around there.

 

 It's not as 'straight forward' either. There's also a lot more corners for the first half, here I can hopefully keep my momentum and use my track speed to accelerate back up to speed as quickly as possible. It will then be a case of hanging on to the finish.

 

The main thing for me is pacing it right. It will be easy, to attack the start too much and end up slowing before the finish. The Giro is a massive race so there'll be plenty of guys capable of winning, but if I pace it well, I'm confident I'll be there or thereabouts.

 

As for the rest of the race I will be the lead-out man for Cav. He is in good shape after Romandie, so will be up for the sprint stages. Most of the guys are here to help Cav so that will be our main goal. We also have Rigoberto Uran and Sergio Henao, the Columbian mafia, who can ride well once we hit the mountains.

 

If Rigo can show the form he has in the past I'm confident he can be in the top 10, maybe even the top five in this Giro. He could have earned a top 10 in the Tour de France last year but he was sick in the last two days. For Rigo it will be more a case of limiting his losses until the final week, then seeing what he can do.

 

We will obviously help him as much as possible but to be honest once the road starts going up hill we won't be around for long. Especially with the climbs here in the Giro being so steep. Overall, there is a lot to go for, I just can't wait to get started.

 

Let's just hope we don't have any more injuries and keep everyone fit. It's such a big year for our team, and our sport, both on the road and track.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Fantastic result for Brad and the team in Romandie. Great shame for Swifty to miss the Giro but looking forward to seeing the Sky Train leading Cav out for the sprints. Good luck tomorrow Geraint - would be great to see you in Pink on Sunday and great to think Cav might be in Rosso at the finish. Roll on Liege!

  • Comment number 2.

    Great ride today from Geraint today, but Phinney was simply immense. Best of luck to you and Cav, and really excited to see how Henao can compete with the big guns when you hit the mountains. Good luck to you all

  • Comment number 3.

    All the best for a fantastic Giro Geraint. You've got plenty of speed in your legs with all the work you've been doing on the track, so I'm sure the lead out for Cav will be spot on, even without Swifty!

 

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