Commonwealth Games 2014: road race preview - the contenders

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Commonwealth Games 2014: road race preview – the contenders

The key runners and riders for Sunday's men's and women's road races


Geraint Thomas

Geraint Thomas arrived in Glasgow on the back of his best-ever Tour de France result, finishing 22nd overall in Paris, and secured an impressive bronze medal in Commonwealth Games individual time trial behind Alex Dowsett and Rohan Dennis.

Thomas said he felt “strong” on Thursday and will hope he can carry that road into the road race, where he will form a two-pronged attack with fellow Welshman and Sky team-mate Luke Rowe.

Geraint Thomas tops the bill for Wales ahead of Sunday’s Commonwealth Games road race (Pic: Sirotti)

The 28-year-old Thomas has the attributes to succeed on the Glasgow course as one of the most talented all-rounders in the peloton, able to attack the short, punchy climbs on the circuit and with a sprint that could prove decisive in a small group.

Thomas’ individual time trial bronze was the second Commonwealth Games medal the Cardiff-born rider has won in his career, having also claimed bronze on the track in the points race at Melbourne 2006 as a 19-year-old, though he skipped the Delhi Games four years ago due to health concerns. Will the Welshman stand on the top step of the podium this time out?

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