Geraint Thomas is keen to keep his options open after confirming to Cyclingnews that the contract extension he signed with Team Sky last month was for one year – rather than two, as was initially announced.
When the Welshman penned the deal, it was widely reported that he would be staying with the British team through to the end of 2018. Though Team Sky did not announce the length of the new deal, a post on his own Facebook page said as much, with confirmation later coming from the team itself.
However, despite an option for an add-on at a later date, he has inked a one-year deal.
“I’ve basically extended it for a year. There were a lot of people saying I signed for two but it’s just the year,” Thomas told Cyclingnews ahead of the Tour de Suisse, where he’ll lead the team.
“There’s an option for two but it’s not set in stone. I’m definitely there for one year, and then there’s the possibility of adding an extra one on top.”
Looking ahead to the transfer window later this summer, Thomas’ was one of the standout names on the list of riders out of contract at the end of 2016. His horizons had broadened after a revelatory performance at the Tour de France last year, where his trajectory as a stage racer and Grand Tour rider was set in stone – something he has consolidated this year with victory at Paris-Nice and the Volta ao Algarve.
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