Geraint Thomas starts his season as a super-domestique at the Volta ao Algarve

Geraint Thomas
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Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) gets his 2020 season underway at the Volta ao Algarve this week, returning to the race he triumphed at in 2015 and 2016. This time around it'll be a different story, however, with the Welshman stating that the race will be more a way of easing himself back into racing rather than going all-out for overall victory.

This year, the 2018 Tour de France champion is following the same early path through the calendar as he did two seasons ago. On that occasion, he took a time trial stage victory en route to second overall at the Volta ao Algarve, though he insists that he's not in the same shape this time around.

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