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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 April, 2005, 15:38 GMT 16:38 UK
Thomas puts injury woe behind him
Geraint Thomas (courtesy of Britishcycling.org.uk)
World junior scratch race cycling champion Geraint Thomas says he will come back stronger than before from a career-threatening injury.

The 18-year-old from Cardiff had his spleen removed following a freak crash during training in February.

Thomas is now targeting a place in the Wales squad for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia.

"If selected, I'll be hoping to race in the scratch, points and individual pursuit events," Thomas said.

"I'm obviously looking forward to being part of a Wales team. I can't wait to pull on that Welsh red vest.

"If anything, I should be stronger - physically and mentally."

Thomas hit a piece of metal in the road and suffered internal bleeding after falling on his handlebars during training in Sydney, Australia.

That caused him to miss the Sydney World Cup and his senior debut at the World Championships in Los Angeles - the scene of his World Junior track triumph last year.

"I was really gutted to miss out on the World Cup and LA, but I just had to get on with it. I had to look towards the long term," Thomas added.

"I'm just pleased that I've only been off the bike for six weeks; it could have been much worse."

Thomas now hopes to return to competition at the end of the month in an Under-23 road race in Cornwall on 24 April.




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