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Geraint Thomas greets fans, gets disqualified from race (video)

Thomas was competing in the Longest Lap race on his return to the London Velodrome, but was disqualified before the race really got going

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Geraint Thomas1 lined up for the Revolution Series2 Longest Lap over the weekend, but the race didn t quite go to plan.

As the riders took up their track-standing positions in the home straight, the Welshman rolled to the top of the track and started greeting fans. Whilst doing so he took hold of the railing around the edge of the track, something that is strictly forbidden in the race for obvious reasons.

Geraint Thomas Greets Fans, Gets Disqualified From Race (video)

Geraint Thomas, points race, Revolution Series, London, November 2015. Photo: Andy Jones

The Team Sky3 rider is popular with home crowds and this is evident when the spectators begin a cheerful mock-booing as he is asked to leave the track.

Thomas was making his competitive return to the Lee Valley Velopark in London4 for the time since the 2012 Olympics. While he might have not realised exactly what was going on, his teammate Pete Kennaugh5 came agonisingly close to holding his track-stand shortly before the race lap, but was forced to unclip and leave the race after losing balance. Not long after Thomas s exit the whistle sounded and the race began.

A handily timed roll from Adam Blythe6 placed him perfectly to ride away from the remaining riders giving him enough time for a bit of showboating towards the finish line.

References

  1. ^ Geraint Thomas (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Revolution Series (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Team Sky (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ making his competitive return to the Lee Valley Velopark in London (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ Pete Kennaugh (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ Adam Blythe (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

Adam Blythe signed by Tinkoff-Saxo for 2016

Twenty-five-year-old Sheffield man Adam Blythe will ride for Tinkoff-Saxo in 2016

Adam Blythe Signed By Tinkoff-Saxo For 2016

Adam Blythe, Otley Cycle Races 2015

Yorkshireman Adam Blythe1 has been signed by the Tinkoff-Saxo2 team for 2016 after spending one year with Australian WorldTour outfit Orica-GreenEdge. Blythe has been signed up by the Russian super-squad to support Slovakian Peter Sagan in the Classics. The 25-year-old will be reunited with former NFTO team director Sean Yates on the team, as we previously reported on August 33.

Yates was a sport director at NFTO and I got on with him very well, Blythe said in a statement issued by Tinkoff-Saxo on Tuesday. When he mentioned to me there was an opportunity, I didn t think twice about it.

I consider Tinkoff-Saxo to be the best team in the world that has the best classics rider in the world, Peter Sagan. It will be an honor for me to help him in the classics and do a great job for him. It will be a dream to me to support Peter in the best of my abilities so that he wins a classic .

>>> Peter Sagan: All these second places have been funny4

Blythe was signed to Orica at the end of the 2014 season after claiming a

Adam Blythe will ride for Tinkoff-Saxo in 2016 after one year with Orica-GreenEdge

The main priority for Adam will be Peter, especially in the Classics, said Tinkoff-Saxo head sport director Steven De Jongh. That is where Adam will focus on, to work in support of Peter and deliver him to wins.

We have been watching Adam and he has shown he can do good races. We hope he will further develop as a rider and reach his best level next year.

On Monday, Sagan won stage three of the Vuelta a Espa a6 his first Grand Tour stage victory since taking a stage of the Tour de France in 2013 which has relieved some of the pressure on him to perform. He was sign to Tinkoff for 2015 with the expectation of winning at least one big race in the spring, but that never materialised. Subsequently, outspoken team owner Oleg Tinkov has said that he was considering cutting Sagan s salary7. Now, though, the squad appears to be rallying behind its star and signing up support riders such as Blythe. Tinkoff-Saxo said that it will be making further team announcements in the coming weeks.

References

  1. ^ Adam Blythe (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ Tinkoff-Saxo (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ previously reported on August 3 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ Peter Sagan: All these second places have been funny (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
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