Widely touted as one of the brightest young cycling talents in
Britain, the 25 year-old has backed up his reputation with a
succession of results.
The Team Sky rider is a multiple track world champion and
Olympic and Commonwealth medallist to name just a few of his
Thomas began his cycling career with the Maindy Flyers at the
age of 10 and went on to tally up wins at both U14 and U16 level.
It wasn't until he rode to a silver medal at the European
Championships that his potential was fully realised.
The Cardiff-born rider soon became part of the British Cycling
Academy Programme and went on to travel the world competing in
World Cup events. It was in Sydney in 2005 that Thomas was involved
in a freak accident leaving him needing surgery to remove his
spleen after a metal bar struck his team-mate's bike causing Thomas
to crash into his handlebars.
He has since gone on to win a bronze medal for his home nation
in the men's 40km Points Race at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth
Games as well as a World Team Pursuit silver medal at the World
Championships in Bordeaux. Add to that World Cup event medals, a
gold in the World Track Cycling Championships in 2007 and a Team
Pursuit gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games - and that's
not to mention the success he's achieved in the Tour de France.
He became the youngest rider to participate on the Tour in 2007
where he finished in 140th but it wasn't until 2010 that
he really made his mark. Finishing in 67th overall,
Thomas held the white jersey from Stage 3-7 and in 2011 held the
Young Rider's jersey from stage 1-7.
A rider for the UCI ProTour team, Team Sky, Thomas recorded his
first professional victory in May 2011 by winning the five-day
Bayern-Rundfahrt race. In fact, 2011 proved to be a successful one
in Thomas' road career; he finished second to Bradley Wiggins in
the British National Road Race Championships and played an integral
role in Mark Cavendish's victory at the 2011 UCI World Championship
He thrilled the nation when he became the first Welsh athlete to
win Olympic gold at London 2012. He and his three team-mates
stormed to victory over Australia in the men's pursuit in the
Velodrome in a world record time. He is now turning his attentions
to road racing.
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