The Tour de Suisse starts on Saturday June 11 and ends after nine days of testing racing on Sunday June 19. Last year Thomas finished second overall in the Tour de Suisse after a strong ride in the mountains. He was beaten by Simon Spilak (Katusha) in the final time trial after staying close to Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) in the overall classification for much of the race. Thomas’ result in Switzerland confirmed his ability in stage races and he went on to have a successful Tour de France. He was fourth overall for much of the race, only cracking and slipping to 15th after helping Chris Froome seal overall victory.
Thomas confirmed he will target Grand Tours by missing most of the spring Classics campaign. He won the Volta ao Algarve and Paris-Nice.
Thomas recently revealed to Cyclingnews that he has signed a one-year contract with Team Sky for 2017 as he keeps his options open as a future Grand Tour contender. Froome has already signed a contract with Team Sky until 2018, possibly limiting Thomas’s chances of leadership at the Tour de France until 2019.
Thomas has not raced since the Tour de Romandie in late April but has been training at altitude with several teammates who are likely to be part of the Tam Sky squad for the Tour de France. The final line-up is expected to consist of riders from the Tour de Suisse and the on-going Criterium du Dauphine.
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