The Tour According to G: My Journey to the Yellow Jersey
For years Geraint Thomas appeared blessed with extraordinary talent but jinxed at the greatest bike race in the world: twice an Olympic gold medallist on the track, Commonwealth champion, yet at the Tour de France a victim of crashes, bad luck and his willingness to sacrifice himself for his team-mates.
In the summer of 2018, that curse was blown away in spectacular...more
The book starts briefly with his Olmpic road race crash in 2016 and his double disappointment in 2017 (pulling out of the Giro when he was leader after time loss following a crash caused by a stationary police motorbike, and crashing out of the Tour when second on GC – after having held the yellow ...more
Looking forward to the next one G. Giro?
There are good moments in this book though ... especially the blow-by-blow account of his win on the Alpe d’Huez - very engaging.
What probably also lifts it to at least 3 stars is Thomas’ recounting of his emotions which is refreshing given his ...more
It's very well written, honest and funny. It's a very easy read and covers q whole multitude of things, his thoughts of his protected status, the training, the race itself and some funny accounts of coming to terms with being a Tour winner.
I very much enjoyed this book as much as I did seeing G win ...more
Admittedly unlike Sky's other Tour winners, Geraint Thomas does not have the complexities of Wiggins nor does he actively protect his personality like Froome.
In this book Thomas portrays everything as a glass half full, but there is enough honesty between the lines to see that this is not completely Sky-washed self congratulations.
It is clear that Thomas knows he was lucky to be given a free roving rights. However, it is also ...more
Something extraordinary happened on the "Tour" last summer which cycling fans will never forget and that was Geraint Thomas -yellow jersey and winning the 2018 Tour De France with Team Sky. We expected this would be another year for Froome , but as the Tour progressed it was will he wont he- it was feat alone to win a stage and yellow jersey but from then on we were on the edge of our seats.
Just who is this great rider, I knew a little of ...more
He's still nice, but the journey to the Yellow Jersey is littered with vignettes of the steel all professional athletes need to make it any sport, along with the small ...more
As a compatriot and a cycling fan I am obviously drawn to Ger and seeing him win, watching nearly every stage of that Tour de France made this book even more interesting because he really opens up.
He criticises, he talks about his doubts, he speaks truthfully about other cyclists and it’s refreshing to hear that from a current athlete without spewing out the ...more
He comes across as a good human being and certainly one you’d love to chat to on the pub. He does right by his entire support team and gives some amazing insights into pro cycling
If you love cycling it’s a must read. If you love sporting excellence it’s a should read.
I really enjoyed it.
How can you not root for G! For a long time viewed as a super-domestique who would perhaps never have both the opportunity and the luck to add his name to the roll-honour of truly great riders; this book candidly tells the tale of 2018 where luck, talent and determination come together to produce an unstoppable force!
Very well written and a deeply detailed and honest account of what it takes to win the Tour de France!I
If it's all him writing then he has a really engaging style, and a great narrator. The sort of person you would want to have a pint with in a pub and listen to him telling stories.
Huge hopes for him in going forward
A bit of a flyover with great behind the scenes accounts, rather than anything hugely deep-dive, I thought.