Published 25 July 2012
One of the most highly-rated all-round talents in the world of cycling, Geraint Thomas' star continues to rise.
The Welshman shot to prominence due to his powerful pursuiting skills and work ethic, and in 2007 was the youngest rider at the Tour de France in his first season as professional with the Barloworld outfit.
Major success was to follow on the boards, with Thomas taking Olympic Gold as part of the record-breaking British team pursuit squad in Beijing.
- Thomas was awarded an MBE in 2009
- He first began cycling at the age of 10 with Maindy Flyers Cycling Club
- Gained his first trainee contract with Saunier Duval-Prodir
2010 saw Thomas join Team Sky and begin to make a real impact on the road, taking the British national championships before a week later riding his way into the prestigious white young rider's jersey at the Tour de France.
Equally at home on the smooth inclines of the velodrome or the harsh cobbles of a Belgian classic, Thomas continued to develop his skills going into the 2011 season.
Thomas got off to a strong start and became a spearhead for the team in the classics before taking overall victory at the German Bayern-Rundfahrt stage race. In his third appearance at the Tour de France Thomas led out team-mate Edvald Boasson Hagen in the sprint on stage six for what was the team's first Tour stage victory.
Despite his long-term future pointing to a successful career on the road, for 2012 Thomas focused on the track with the aim of defending his Team Pursuit Olympic title. Things looked good as he became a World Champion in Melbourne and the team lived up to the pre-Olympic expectations by dominating their event from start to finish. On the way to Gold they broke the world record twice knocking nearly a second off it in the final.