Geraint Thomas en route to victory in the 2022 Tour de Suisse, his most recent win At times, even a season as recent as 2015 can feel like ancient history in cycling. When looking back at highlights from that year, like Alberto Contador winning the Giro d’Italia or Chris Froome taking his second Tour de France, the time gap seems unbridgeable.
But for proof that 2015 is not so distant, it’s worth recalling that Geraint Thomas – prior to his own Tour de France victory and multiple other Grand Tour successes – rode his only Vuelta a España to date that September. It was not a happy experience
“I wouldn’t say I raced it,” the Ineos Grenadiers pro tells Cyclingnews in the countdown to his return to the Vuelta on Saturday. “I was just a passenger.
“It was just too much for me, to go to the Classics, and then the Tour. I remember the pre-race ride at the Vuelta and I was asking myself ‘What am I doing here?’ I felt like dogshit.
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