Geraint Thomas signs new Team Sky contract

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Geraint Thomas has agreed a new contract with Team Sky which will see him remain with the team until 2016, Sky Sports report.

Thomas has been part of Team Sky since it formed in 2010, meaning by the time his new contract expires he would have been riding for them for six years.

The British team didn't win any stages at the Tour de France this year, mainly due to race favourite Chris Froome crashing out on stage five. Thomas did impress, though, by helping Richie Porte and finishing in 22nd position overall.

Thomas admitted he was happy to extend his current contract with Team Sky and looks forward to what the future holds.

Happy to extend

“I'm really happy to be staying with Team Sky for another two years," he said.

“I have been here since the start and I firmly believe it is the best place for me to fulfil my potential as a bike rider.

“I feel very supported here and I'm excited about what the future holds. I will look forward to challenging myself both on and off the bike and striving to become the very best at what I do.”

Thomas made it clear after Froome's exit that he wanted to try and win a stage of the Tour de France but unfortunately it wasn't to be. The Welshman will now concentrate on the classics and one-week stage races.

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British core

Sir Dave Brailsford is keen to keep a British core at Team Sky and is pleased that Thomas has committed his future to the team.

Brailsford said: "Team Sky has always been built around a strong British core - developing and nurturing home-grown talent to be the best they can be - and Geraint has been at the heart of that.

“On and off the bike, Geraint is an influential member of Team Sky. Not only is he a strong character but he is one of a handful of world-class riders that can do it all, whether that is on the climbs, flat, cobbles or time trials, which proves what a valuable member of the team he is.

“Over the last three weeks of the Tour de France Geraint has underlined his qualities again and shown that he’s an exceptional rider with an exciting future. He is a great guy, a good leader and we’re delighted that he will be a key part of the team going forward.”

Like Porte, Thomas has the potential to lead Team Sky but with Froome at the helm, both riders may seek to join different teams. I would imagine if this is to happen Porte will leave first and Thomas will be promoted to being Froome's right-hand man.

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