Tour de France disappointment will spur on Great Britain at Tokyo Olympics, says Brammeier

MRDEBRETAGNE GUERLDAN FRANCE JUNE 27 Geraint Thomas of The United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers at arrival during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 2 a 1835km stage from PerrosGuirec to MrdeBretagne Guerldan 293m LeTour TDF2021 on June 27 2021 in MrdeBretagne Guerldan France Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images
Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers) at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Great Britain men’s coach Matt Brammeier believes that his four-man team for the Tokyo Olympic Games will be spurred on and highly motivated after a hugely disappointing Tour de France. Three of the team for the men’s road race started the Tour de France almost four weeks ago with Geraint Thomas, Tao Geoghegan Hart, and Simon Yates all arriving in Brest with major ambitions. 

Thomas’s hopes of winning a second Tour de France effectively ended on stage 3 when he crashed and dislocated his shoulder. He lost time almost daily and has been riding in the services of Richard Carapaz for most of the race, while Geoghegan Hart lost time in the first week, and like Thomas, has been riding as mountain domestique for much of the race.

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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.