Cycling: Geraint Thomas confident for Tour of Flanders

Geraint Thomas
Geraint Thomas wan gold in the 2014 nCommonwealth Games road race

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas returns to action for the first time since withdrawing from the Volta a Catalunya in Sunday's Tour of Flanders.

The 29-year-old Welshman won the Paris-Nice stage race in early March, but struggled with fatigue in Spain.

Thomas was favourite going into the 2015 Tour of Flanders, but has had a low-key build up this time.

"There's less expectation around me [but] we've got a super strong team," Thomas told BBC Radio Wales.

"We've got lots of cards to play so as long as one of us is on the top step on the podium that would be awesome."

Team Sky have never won one of cycling's big five annual one-day races - known as "The Monuments" - and Fabian Cancellara of Leopard Trek is the fancied rider this year.

The "Five Monuments" of cycling
Milan-San Remo - First raced in 1907
Tour of Flanders - First raced in 1912
Paris-Roubaix - First raced in 1896
Liege-Bastogne-Liege - The oldest of the five, first raced in 1894
Giro di Lombardia - Raced in early autumn since 1905

Thomas believes he has benefitted from resting after his withdrawal in Catalunya.

The double Olympic gold-medallist also thinks his team are closer to claiming victory after disappointments in previous years.

"It's all good now, I'm feeling healthy," he added.

"I had maybe four days off because I was run down after Paris-Nice, but I'm better now so it was a good call in the end.

"In previous years in some of the warm-up races I've been right there, but this is the big one everyone wants to do well in.

"And over the years for one reason or another it hasn't quite happened but hopefully this can be the year. I guess time will tell."

Team Sky (at the Tour of Flanders): Michal Golas, Christian Knees, Michal Kwiatkowski, Gianni Moscon, Salvatore Puccio, Luke Rowe, Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas

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