The Team Sky rider was one of the revelations of this year’s Tour; he was the E3-Harelbeke champion and burgeoning one-day star up there in the top five on GC for much of the three-week race. Riding as right-hand man to overall winner Chris Froome, Thomas eventually fell away on stage 19 but the experience nevertheless told him that the overall is a tangible prospect for the future.
“I certainly think it’s a lot more achievable than I did three months ago,” Thomas said in an interview with The Guardian. “If I keep on improving, commit to it totally, have a team around me, a podium is certainly realistic. And you’d aim to win it. You would be there or thereabouts – especially if the route was good for me. It’s certainly exciting.”
Of course, it’s hard to see Thomas having the space for a genuine tilt at the Tour de France in a team that contains two-time champion Froome. The Welshman is more than happy where he is for now but expressed doubts over whether a team can really have two leaders at a race.
He envisages a situation in the 2016 edition where he is a back-up GC rider to Froome, protected in his own right, rather than a super domestique. However, he admitted that there may come a time when he needs to switch teams in order to achieve his individual goals.
“We’re both honest enough to know that if the other guy is better we’d commit to each other. I certainly would and I’m pretty sure Chris would do as well. But it’s a tough one,” he said.
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