Great Britain’s Geraint Thomas is confident that any of the five-man team heading to Rio can win the Olympic road race this summer.
Thomas will be part of the team heading to Brazil just days after he competed in Sunday’s Ride London-Surrey Classic. The Team Sky star showed no signs of fatigue just weeks after the Tour de France as he attacked during the race.
With 50km out he made his move but he was eventually caught by Etixx-QuickStep’s Tom Boonen who won the sprint on the Mall.
Despite tasting defeat, Thomas is confident any of his team could win Gold in Rio this summer. Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome will lead the team but the brutal course could suit any of the team according to Thomas.
He, Froome, Ian Stannard, Adam Yates and Steve Cummings will compete this summer and Thomas is adamant they all have a chance if Froome’s bid fails.
He told the Telegraph: “I think we’ve got a strong team.
I think we’ve got four guys who can potentially win it. We just have to ride well together and see what we can do.”
His comments were echoed by Stannard but the Englishman has tipped Thomas to have a strong chance.
He added: “He’s a bloody strong rider. “He goes up a hill well. And I think the circuit suits him well.
It’s a long climb [on the final circuit]. It’s too hard for me obviously. But for a rider like him, he can knuckle down on a 8km climb and he goes well up them.”