Dario Cioni, Team Sky’s sports director has said that for Thomas to perform well in the Girod’Italia time trials, he would need to be really strong on the climbs.
For the past couple of seasons, Thomas has set a larger percentage of his focus on stage racingwith the aim of challenging the overall in a Grand Tour.
In 2016, he largely sacrificed the spring campaign despite a plethora of strong performances in the Classics. He finally was able to secure the biggest victory of his career so far at Paris-Nice last March.
“He really wants to give it a shot yes, and maybe we’ll see. He needs to be really strong on the climbs, he’s done it in the past and he’s done it even passing through the Classics [campaign], which is not the best preparation.”
In the last five years, Team Sky has won the Tour de France four times. However, they have been very much unable to secure victories in both the Girod’Italia time trials and Vueltaa Espana.