Geraint Thomas has inked a two-year contract extension with Ineos Grenadiers, ensuring that the Welsh cyclist will remain in professional racing until he’s at least 39. This deal is largely considered to be his final professional contract. Thomas, 37, has been a stalwart for the British squad, recently finishing as runner-up at the Giro d’Italia and taking third at the 2022 Tour de France.
Ineos Grenadiers’ deputy principal, Rod Ellingworth, conveyed the team’s high regard for Thomas, stating that he’s not only won significant races but also plays a vital role in shaping the team’s culture and mentoring younger riders. Ellingworth hinted at the team’s aspiration to return to the top of the Tour de France podium, pointing out that Thomas would be an integral part of achieving that goal, especially as the team introduces new talents.
For his part, Thomas expressed his enthusiasm for extending his tenure with Ineos Grenadiers. He noted that, while he’s open to never saying ‘never’, he sees this as his last contract but is confident he has two more competitive years left in him. Thomas was categorical that he wouldn’t have continued with another team, citing the deep connections he has within Ineos Grenadiers, including long-standing friendships with riders like Luke Rowe and Ben Swift, and a relationship with Ellingworth dating back to 2003.
As for his aspirations, Thomas indicated a willingness to play different roles, whether aiming for General Classification in Grand Tours or possibly revisiting the Classics. He stressed his eagerness to make a positive impact on the team, mentioning that he is still driven to perform while also willing to lend support to the squad.
The contract renewal comes at a time when Ineos Grenadiers is undergoing changes, with several riders like Tao Geoghegan Hart and Pavel Sivakov departing. Thomas’s extension is viewed as a vote of confidence in his ability to compete at the highest level and a cornerstone in the team’s plans for the coming seasons. Regarding his 2024 programme, it remains unclear which Grand Tour he’ll lead, but it’s expected that he’ll play a significant role.