Geraint Thomas has described the aftermath of his Tour de France victory as a “whirlwind”, and among all the media appearances, the congratulation messages, and lucrative post-Tour criterium appearances, one item on the agenda is signing a contract for the 2019 season and beyond.
Thomas had intended to confirm his future plans ahead of the Tour de France, explaining in June that he had offers from other teams but felt at home at Team Sky, who were keen for him to stay.
Nothing had been signed, however, by the time he lined up for the start of the Tour in the Vendée region at the start of July. Over the past three weeks, of course, the Welshman’s value has soared.
“I haven’t actually signed a new contract yet, so it’s quite good timing really,” Thomas said on BBC’s The One Show, before joking on BBC Breakfast that holding off on signing the contract had been the best thing he’d done after winning the Tour.
Thomas is expected to stay at Team Sky, his Tour de France victory giving him the leadership status he desired and had considered moving teams for. Moreover, his victory has widely been seen as a public relations boost for the British team, who faced hostility from the roadside at the Tour following Froome’s protracted salbutamol case and a string of controversies including the jiffy bag scandal, alleged unethical use of TUE’s, and the damning British parliamentary DCMS report.
Thomas is a vastly more popular figure in the UK than Froome, owing partly to his personality and the fact he was born, raised, and has lived most of his life there.
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