Geraint Thomas opens up about mental fatigue after Tour de France

Geraint Thomas
Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) (Image credit: Getty Images)

After a rollercoaster 15 months, Geraint Thomas heads into Sunday's World Championships road race with few expectations on his shoulders as he tries to burn the last embers of energy of a physically and mentally demanding period of his career.
When the Team Ineos rider won the Tour de France in 2018 he was on cloud nine, surfing a wave of euphoria as Wales’s first Grand Tour winner. The commitments of a Tour winner are never-ending and while a world of celeb selfies, awards and personal appearance might be novel for a short period, they are ultimately distractions from the real world of professional cycling, where sacrifice, hardship most importantly commitment are paramount.
This year Thomas started his season on the back foot and despite admirably chasing a second straight Tour title; he was never quite able to replicate the form and finesse he demonstrated in 2018. 

The physical nature of the sport is easy to see from television screens, Strava segments, and power files but the real toll is often mental, with pressure and intensity almost immensurable for a rider expected to challenge for victory at the Tour de France.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.