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Wiggins Tour win shows team unity

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Geraint Thomas | 11:42 UK time, Monday, 23 July 2012

Bradley Wiggins has done something unbelievable by winning the Tour de France, but I know he will be the first to recognise that he would not have been able to achieve his victory without a terrific team behind him.

Part of me wishes I had been there helping him, but I've got plenty more Tour years left in me and the London Olympics will only come once in my lifetime. Going for a second gold on the track was what I wanted to do.

I sent Mark Cavendish and Chris Froome a few texts of congratulations during the race and also texted Brad. I didn't get one back from him, though. He is not the best with a phone.

The Team Sky boys have had many training camps over the last year and have become a close-knit team. That has certainly helped them win the Tour.

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Preparing for the Tour's 'grim' mountain climbs

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Geraint Thomas | 16:07 UK time, Sunday, 8 July 2012

I am often asked how cyclists deal with riding in the mountains. So as the Tour de France heads towards the Alps, here goes.

To be honest, mountain climbs can be grim, especially if, like me, you are coming from the track - when you are a bit heavier than you would be when on the road. You are carrying a bit of extra muscle or a bit of fat.

When I'm preparing for the track I don't do any climbing during the year. I am either flat out on the track or riding fairly easy, so I never really touch my threshold power, which is what you climb at. When I'm not on the track, climbing is a lot more enjoyable. For a start I'm lighter, but I'll also will be more ready for them.

Getting into mountain-climbing shape is not nice. It takes a lot of hard training up and down mountains, but when you start to feel strong and are riding well, there's no better feeling.

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