ADELAIDE, Australia (VN) – Such is the nature of the rivalry between Australia and Great Britain: In 2012, Geraint Thomas has decided to forgo both the Spring Classics and Tour de France, where last year he finished as the best British rider in 31st place.
Instead, the 25-year-old Welshman will channel all efforts to ride for his country on boards of the London velodrome, and aim to replicate Great Britain’s team pursuit success experienced in Beijing, where, en route to the gold medal, they set a record-breaking benchmark of 3 minutes, 53.3 seconds over 4,000 metres.
The man they call ‘G’ may not be as well-known a figure as Bradley Wiggins or Mark Cavendish, but at 25 years old and talent in spades, Thomas could well soon be. It only seems like a matter of time.
Realizing life in advertising was nothing like Mad Men and buoyed by the Olympic Games in his Australian hometown of Sydney, Anthony Tan turned his back on a lucrative copywriting career in 2000 in pursuit of something more cerebral. Combining wordsmithing with his experiences as an A-Grade club racer and an underwhelming season competing in Europe, a career as a cycling scribe beckoned… More than a dozen Grand Tours and countless Classics later, it’s where he still is today. He has been a contributor to VeloNews since 2006. In 2010, he won Cycling Australia’s media award for best story. Follow him on Twitter: @anthony_tan