Geraint Thomas has admitted he could sit out this year’s Vuelta a Espana after winning the Tour de France.
Thomas, the Team Sky rider, was crowned general classification victor on Sunday, becoming the first ever Welshman to win Le Tour.
The 32-year-old earned the yellow jersey for the first time by winning stage 11, and he held it for the remaining 10 stages to wrap up the biggest success of his career.
Thomas was due to take part in the Vuelta a Espana, an event in which he has competed just once, but he now appears likely to miss the three week event.
Speaking to talkSPORT, Thomas admitted he can’t see himself taking part in the Vuelta, which begins towards the end of next month.
“I’ll just sort of chill out a bit, really,” Thomas replied, when asked about his plans for the coming months.
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“I’ll still ride my bike most days, as the season is still ongoing – it doesn’t finish until October.
“I need to sit down with the team and plan the races until the end of the season.
“I was down to do the Vuelta, the tour of Spain, which is another three week race, but I don’t think that’s going to happen now.”
Winning Le Tour is by far the greatest achievement in Thomas’ career, having also won three World Championships and two Olympic gold medals.
The Cardiff-born rider has become a celebrity almost overnight, and he admitted it was ‘surreal’ to be congratulated by some of his heroes from the world of sport and entertainment.
“It was insane,” he continued. “I had a video message off Thierry Henry, and then when we were sat in the airport waiting to fly to London I spoke to Arsene Wenger on the phone.
“It was just so surreal.
“The team got a few ‘well done’ messages put together for me, from people like Dan Carter, Rob Brydon, Lee Dixon… it’s just bonkers.
“These are people who, when I was a kid, I was growing up watching and who inspired me, and then they’re saying ‘well done’ and how they’ve enjoyed watching me.”