Geraint Thomas upbeat for Tour de France after crashes

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

Cardiff cyclist Geraint Thomas has vowed to put a disappointing display at the Paris-Roubaix behind him as he focuses on the Tour de France in July.

Thomas, 24, fell off three times during the 10 April 258km Paris-Roubaix race - famed for its cobblestone sections - suffering a bruised hip.

He is now determined to improve on his 67th place finish at the 2010 Tour de France.

"I'll go there to try and win a stage," he told BBC Radio Wales.

The Team Sky rider finished 10th at the prestigious Tour of Flanders on 3 April and believes he is in good form.

"It's great the way I'm going at the minute," added Thomas, who won silver in the 4,000m individual pursuit and gold as part of the team pursuit at the 2011 Cycling World Cup in Manchester.

"I've got a little break now then I start training for the Tour de France.

"I grew up as a kid watching these races, sat there in my front room with my dad, just dreaming of being there.

"Two weeks ago I was 10th in the Tour of Flanders, which is my favourite race.

"To do that and be in the front group, going for the win, it was just a dream come true."

Thomas, who was awarded an MBE after winning gold in the team pursuit at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, also has his sights set on the 2012 games in London.

"It comes up on you so fast," he said.

"We've got races every week and you don't really have time to stop and think about the Olympics.

"Then all of a sudden it's a couple of months before and it's all in the news and everyone talks about it. I'm really excited."

Thomas will travel to Manchester in November for a training camp with the Great Britain cycling squad.

And he has high hopes for GB medal success in 2012.

"The team's really strong, we've got a good squad but anything can happen," he said.

"I haven't been on the track much but come November, it will be full-on track training up to the Olympics.

"I quite like the pressure of it," he added.

"It's just massive, it doesn't get any bigger. Just to enjoy it and do your training, do your best and hopefully that will be enough."

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