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Geoff Thomas finishes Grand Tours for fellow patients

In 2003, former England footballer Geoff Thomas was given three months to live after being diagnosed with leukaemia. Fourteen years later, he and three other cyclists have become the first amateur team to ride all three of the Grand Tours consecutively. The challenge has seen them pedal more than 6,000 miles in aid of the charity Cure Leukaemia. Geoff told BBC Radio 5 live it was “gruelling” but he found the strength to carry on by thinking of the other patients he had met during his treatment. “If I can’t…

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Giro d’Italia: Welsh Government in talks host stage of Grand Tour cycling race

Dutch rider Tom Dumoulin of the Sunweb Team won the 2017 Giro d’Italia Wales could host a Giro d’Italia stage after “positive discussions” between the Welsh Government and owners RCS. Representatives from RCS attended the Tour of Britain finale in Cardiff last weekend, as part of early negotiations. A Welsh Government spokesperson told BBC Sport Wales: “We are continuing the very positive discussions with RCS about hosting the Giro d’Italia. “This visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase Wales, to start building relationships.” The Welsh Government has long been keen…

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Chris Froome says it is ‘not impossible’ to win three Grand Tours in one year

On Sunday, Team Sky’s Chris Froome won the Vuelta a Espana, having led the general classification from the first of the race’s three weeks. It is his first Vuelta title after three previous second places, and he joins two of the sport’s biggest names – Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault – as the only men to have won the Vuelta and Tour de France in the same season. Froome told the Today programme it “wouldn’t be impossible” to win all three Grand Tours – the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta and Tour…

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Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome aiming to complete Grand Tour double

Team Sky’s Chris Froome won a fourth Tour de France in July Britain’s Chris Froome says he has “unfinished business” at the Vuelta a Espana, as he aims to win the Vuelta and Tour de France double. Froome leads a strong Team Sky line-up in the race, which begins on 19 August in Nimes, France. The 32-year-old, who won a fourth Tour de France in July, has never won the Vuelta, finishing second three times. “Aiming for the Tour-Vuelta double this season has been a huge motivation,” he said. France’s…

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Geraint Thomas ‘relishing opportunity’ of first Grand Tour lead

Welshman Geraint Thomas says he is “relishing the opportunity” of being co-leader of a Grand Tour for the first time. The double Olympic team pursuit champion will lead Team Sky at the Giro d’Italia alongside Spaniard Mikel Landa. Thomas, 30, has helped lead Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome to Tour de France victories and told BBC Wales Sport he wants to make the most of his turn at the top. Source link

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