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Geraint Thomas is delighted at Tour of Flanders ride

Geraint Thomas
Thomas will compete in the Tour de France again after coming 67th in 2010

Welsh cycling star Geraint Thomas was 'delighted' to finish in the top 10 at the prestigious Tour of Flanders in Belgium on Sunday.

The Cardiff cyclist, who won gold in the 2008 Olympics competed in a high-quality race won by home favourite, Nick Nuyens.

"To get a top 10 finish was great really," he said. "It's one of the biggest races in the world."

The 24-year-old Team Sky rider has his sights set on the 2011 Tour De France.

"It was only the second time I've done the [Flanders] race," said Thomas, who was awarded an MBE after winning gold in the team pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

He also shone in February's Cycling World Cup in Manchester, with silver in the 4,000m individual pursuit and gold as part of the team pursuit.

Of the Tour of Flanders, he said: "So many guys are up for it, it's the highlight of the year for a lot of people.

"In Belgium it's just so big. The build-up to the race and the amount of people who are out on the roads watching, it's just phenomenal."

The one-day, 256km race, saw 135 cyclists complete the course.

And Thomas believes the contest provided the perfect test ahead of the Paris-Roubaix race on Sunday.

"It's a similar standard really," he added.

"All the same guys will be there fighting for the win again.

"It's tough but we'll just give it our best."

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see also
British pursuit team ride to gold
20 Feb 11 |  Cycling
Thomas takes pursuit silver
18 Feb 11 |  Cycling

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