Nominated for Sport award
2018 was an amazing year for cyclist Geraint Thomas MBE, who won the iconic Tour de France road race last summer. In doing so, he became the first Welshman to win the event and only the 3rd British rider after Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.
Who will forget the Welsh flag being held high on the podium Champs-Elysees in Paris? The road to Paris also included winning 2 stages including the iconic Alpe d’Huez stage, becoming the first British rider to do so.
His achievement was celebrated at a homecoming event in Cardiff with more than 10,000 people present to congratulate Geraint on his achievement. The National Velodrome of Wales in Newport was also renamed the Geraint Thomas Velodrome.
Before taking part in the Tour de France, Geraint also won the prestigious Criterium du Dauphiné road race in South-East France.
Away from the road, Geraint is a double Olympic Champion on the track.
Growing up on the outskirts of Cardiff, ‘G’ always dreamed of being a professional cyclist and spent most of his free time at the Maindy Velodrome honing his skills with the Maindy Flyers.
Rising up through the British Cycling ranks, Geraint won 6 world cups and 2 world championships. He is a former world champion and Olympic gold medallist in the team pursuit in both 2008 and 2012 for Great Britain, but now focuses exclusively on road racing.