Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has ended speculation over his future by signing a new three-year contract with Team Sky.
The 32-year-old , whose previous deal was set to expire at the end of 2018, had been the subject of interest from other teams. However, the Welshman has decided to stay with the British team and is now contracted through to the 2021 season.
“I’m pleased it’s sorted – and delighted to be staying with the team,” he said in a team press release. “It’s been a great journey for me with Team Sky and obviously the last few months have been crazy. It’s working really well for me here and I’m excited about what’s still to come.
“It really is one big happy family where my relationship with Team Sky is concerned, so I couldn’t be more delighted. I feel at home with the Team. I’ve known Dave (Brailsford), Rod (Ellingworth) and Fran (Millar) for years, since I was 17, so it’s great that I’ll be continuing to work alongside those guys and the rest of the Team.”
2018 has been Thomas’ finest season to date – winning Critérium du Dauphiné in June, and then taking the victory in the Tour de France. In doing so he became the first Welshman to win the event and only the third British rider after Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.
Team Sky Team Principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, believes Thomas will continue to go from strength-to-strength over the coming years, adding: “What Geraint has achieved with this team is nothing short of remarkable. It’s a brilliant story.
“He’s been with us since the start of our journey and he’s continued to develop and improve year-after-year. He’s worked tirelessly for such a long time to improve. He’s made sacrifices to get to the top of the sport – and it’s all proved to be worth it.