Tour triumph timely in Thomas' contract talks

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Geraint Thomas believes he may have timed his Tour de France triumph well as he considers his options in the final year of his Team Sky contract.

The Welshman has often played second fiddle to Chris Froome with Sky, but he emerged from his team-mate's shadow in France to claim his first Grand Tour title.

Having spoken previously of his interest in speaking to other teams, Thomas hinted that he may now enjoy increased attention from rival outfits.

"I have not signed a new contract yet, so it is quite good timing," he told the BBC.

As he did on the podium on Sunday, Thomas praised four-time Tour de France champion Froome as he revealed the moment at which he was granted Sky's lead role.

"It was after stage 17 when Froomey cracked a bit and lost about 45 seconds," he said. "They said, 'G has the best chance of winning now. For sure, 100 per cent'.

"Everyone got behind me and to have Froomey ride for me as well was a massive honour. He's probably the best Grand Tour rider ever.

"We were always open and honest with each other from day one. Respect to him, because it must have been tough for him."