Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas has committed his future to Team Sky, signing a new three-year contract to put an end to rumours he was going to leave the British WorldTour team.
The Welshman, 32, was one of the team’s riders from the onset in 2010, but his existing contract was due to expire at the end of the season.
With offers on the table from elsewhere – the newly-merged BMC-CCC team publicly confirmed they made an offer – there was speculation the Welshman could leave, rather than share team leadership with Chris Froome at the Grand Tours.
But Thomas’ admitted after spending most of his career working alongside the staff at Team Sky, he was delighted to have signed a new three-year contract until 2021.
“It really is one big happy family where my relationship with Team Sky is concerned, so I couldn’t be more delighted,” he told the team website.
“I feel at home with the team. I’ve known Dave (Brailsford), Rod (Ellingworth) and Fran (Millar) for years, since I was 17, so it’s great that I’ll be continuing to work alongside those guys and the rest of the team.
“It’s been a great journey for me with Team Sky and obviously the last few months have been crazy.
“It’s working really well for me here and I’m excited about what’s still to come.”
Thomas’ stunning year has included overall victory at the Criterium du Dauphine and the national time trial title, before he became the third British rider to win the Tour de France in the summer.
And team principal Sir Dave Brailsford insists the Welshman has plenty more to give too.
“Winning the Dauphiné earlier this year gave him the belief and determination that he could win the Tour de France and it’s all credit to him,” Brailsford said.
“He just keeps on improving through commitment and hard work and now he’s at the very top table as a Tour de France winner.
“He’s achieved his dream of winning the Tour, but there’s so much more ahead for him. He has the pride, passion and commitment to continue to go from strength-to-strength and we’re delighted that it’ll be with us.”
The new contract means Thomas will remain as one of three Team Sky riders to have been with the team every year since they were formed in 2010, alongside fellow Brits Chris Froome and Ian Stannard.