Geraint Thomas: Bessèges was a shock to the system

Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) during Étoile de Bessèges - Tour du Gard 2021
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Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) has described his season debut at the Étoile de Bessèges as a shock to the system, but one that he very much needed as he builds towards challenging for his second Tour de France title in the summer. 

Thomas finished 49th overall on GC, more than five minutes down on race winner Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), in what was the Welshman’s first competitive outing since he was forced to abandon the Giro d’Italia in early October.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).