Thomas expects duo to challenge

21 June 2021 03:45:10 GMTPlus10

Former Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas has picked out Tadej Pogacar and Primoz Roglic as the two main contenders for the main event this summer.

It was Slovenian Pogacar for UAE Team Emirates who managed to win the Grand Tour last year, with countryman Roglic coming second for Team Jumbo-Visma. Pogacar is 1/1000 to retain his title, with Roglic 1500/1.

There are the two standout Slovenian riders who owned 2020 and have done well this year.

Geraint Thomas

Thomas, who became the first British-born Tour de France winner in 2018, feels his UCI WorldTeam Ineos Grenadiers have the ability to do well in the highly-anticipated event.

However, the 35-year-old Welshman feels Pogacar and Roglic will be the pair to beat once again this summer.

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"Obviously there are the two standout Slovenian riders who owned 2020 and have done well this year, they're the two favourites, then there's us I would say, we've got a pretty strong team," Thomas told Velon.

"Then there are a load of guys that are competitive, these days there are so many good teams and good riders that you're bound to miss someone."

Meanwhile, Thomas has welcomed the news there will be an increase in time trial kilometres for the Tour de France in the next instalment of the prestigious event.

Thomas feels he will benefit from the 27km-long time trial on stage five, followed by what will be a 31km final GC decider on stage 20.

"It's nice to have more TTs in the Tour, and normal TTs as well, not mountain TTs that are drags all the way up," he added. "It's nice to mix it up a bit because you need to be able to do everything well to win the Tour, it's not just about climbing."

The 2021 Tour de France gets underway on 26th June in the north west of the country, with the circuit from Brest to Landerneau.

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