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Geraint Thomas: I’d love to go to a couple more Grand Tours as a leader

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Dave Brailsford and Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas is hoping to lead Team Sky at Vuelta a Espana after riding as back-up in the Tour de France.

The British rider says he will listen to offers from other teams as he aims to establish himself as a leader in Grand Tour races.

“This year my programme is based on what Froomey’s doing,” he told BBC Sport Wales. “Trek-Segafredo have shown an interest and there are some other teams as well. I certainly want to sit down and listen to what they’ve got to say.

“I’m not getting any younger. I don’t feel old, but I’m 31 now and I probably only have three or four more years at the very top, so I want to make the most of those.

“I’m not saying I want to leave or I’m going to but I certainly want to sit down and see what everyone has got to say. That’s one thing I’ve got to sit down with Dave and talk about,” Thomas added.

“It’s a team sport but at the same time every individual in that team has their own goals and aspirations, what they want to do in their career.

“I’d love to go to a couple more Grand Tours as a leader and fully target them and just see what I can do, whether that’s ninth, winning one, third or fourth, whatever really. It would be something I would really like to go for before hanging up my bike, so to speak.”

That could mean he is given a more prominent role with Sky, possibly even leading them in Spain.

“Yeah, I think so, and in the Tour as well, especially if Froomey does the whole Giro,” said Thomas.

“Last year was unfinished business but with Froomey going there he’s obviously going to be the main guy, so I don’t want to go there and just… I’ve ridden a lot of Grand Tours in support roles now, so I’m just looking to get those bigger opportunities myself.

“His whole preparation is totally different to normal and you just never know how he will be. He might be on his knees at the end and we [Team Sky] might need that second back-up guy to be there and be good. So that’s a nice goal to have.

“Obviously Froomey will still be the leader going into it but it might be more of a chance for me to have more of a go myself.

“The Vuelta after that could be a potential race for me to go into in the full team leader role.”