Thomas confident ahead of Games
April 30, 2012 16:23 pm
Geraint Thomas sees no reason why Great Britain's cycling team cannot repeat their incredible Beijing success at this summer's Olympics in London.
Britain won seven of the 10 gold medals available on the track at the 2008 Games and half the medals in total, with Sir Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins taking home five golds between them.
Australia have usurped Britain to be the dominant nation since Beijing, but at the World Championships in Melbourne earlier this month the Olympic hosts showed they are hitting form at just the right time.
The British team won gold in half of the Olympic events, with the men's team pursuit a particular highlight. Thomas, Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh and Steven Burke posted a world record time of three minutes 53.295 seconds to pip Australia and regain the title Britain last won in 2008, when they went on to take Olympic gold.
Welshman Thomas has sacrificed the Tour de France this year to concentrate on the Olympics, and he is predicting a golden summer in the velodrome.
The 25-year-old said: "I haven't ridden the worlds since 2008 but it definitely feels like that vibe is back in the team, that confidence that whenever a GB rider steps on to the track they're looking to get a medal, and if they don't they're disappointed.
"That's the vibe that we need. I think everyone's really hungry again. I don't see why we can't emulate Beijing. For sure it will be even harder with less riders, but in the team pursuit we can definitely do it."
Gold certainly could not have come at a better time for Thomas, who spent his brief time back home promoting September's Etape Cymru closed road sportive, and his team-mates. But he has no doubt they will have to improve again to match the result in London, with the magic mark of 3mins 50secs potentially under threat.
"It gives us that belief and that confidence that we can do it," said Thomas. "Since Beijing I don't think GB have beaten the Aussie A team, so to do it now was really special. It's given us that impetus to keep pushing forward and keep improving.
"We don't know how much the Aussies are going to improve, but for sure they're going to improve. I think we're looking to go a couple of seconds quicker. We've got that in us, definitely."
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