Geraint Thomas dismisses comments by Wiggins and Armstrong

Posted on: November 17th, 2018

Geraint Thomas has dismissed recent comments by Bradley Wiggins and Lance Armstrong. He said Wiggins was simply looking for publicity for his new book.


Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas believes recent comments by Bradley Wiggins about Lance Armstrong were designed to gain publicity.

And he also sounded unimpressed with Lance Armstrong’s remarks when he, Thomas, had his trophy for winning the Tour stolen.

The trophy still hasn’t turned after being stolen from a Pinarello stand at a recent cycling exhibition.

“Brad’s got a book to sell,” Thomas said of Wiggins’s recent remarks in which he said Armstrong was the epitome of the kind of winner the Tour’s founders envisaged.

“He does not have to worry about anything, either. He does not have to race his bike and deal with journalists.

“He can just say what he wants and do any interview he wants so he can say something like that and get a load of publicity.”


Geraint Thomas was asked about Bradley Wiggins and Lance Armstrong earlier today having finished 2nd to Peter Sagan at ASO’s Shanghai Criterium.


When news broke that Thomas had had his Tour trophy stolen, Armstrong responded with a tongue-in-cheek Tweet.

“G – bummer, dude. I got 7 of em if you wanna borrow one,” he said, in reference to the seven Tour trophies he still had despite being stripped of the wins for doping.

Asked about Armstrong’s comments, Geraint Thomas was unimpressed. He also had a slap down for the American.

“No, I’ll leave that I think,” he said when asked about Armstrong by the media at the Shanghai Criterium.

He added he was “working on getting a replacement” trophy and described the theft as “frustrating and disappointing”.

“At the same time, I’ve got all the memories and the yellow jersey at home,” he said of the embarrassing robbery when the trophy was left unattended.

“But it’s weird why someone would take that; it’s not like you can sell it,” he said, before adding it would be hard to win the race again next year.

“If you look in the history books, the last man to retain it after winning it for the first time was Indurain, back in 1991-92. So it kind of shows how rare that is.”

That last comment clearly overlooked Armstrong’s seven wins that have been wiped from the history books, even though Wiggins has still taken time to include Armstrong in the history books.

A new book by Wiggins, ‘Icons’, features his 21 icons of cycling, and he has included Lance Armstrong among them.

Wiggins writes that Armstrong was “the archetypal Tour de France cyclist and he was precisely the sort of winner Henri Desgrange had in mind 120 years ago”.

He tells readers to “look away now if you’re easily offended” before describing the impact Armstrong had on him when he was 13-years-old growing up in London.

He was a “meaty-looking American” who “looked an absolute beast on the bike”, says Wiggins, before going on to describe their first encounter.

“It was during a bike race and he came up and rode alongside me. He said, ‘How you doin’ there, Wiggo?’ or words to that effect, and smiled at me,” he writes.

“I felt 10ft tall because . . . well, because he was Lance Armstrong. Am I allowed to say that, or does it make me some sort of cycling heretic?”

Some of the Tour de France winners down the years were “on occasion, borderline sociopathic”.

“(The Tour de France winner) is always a very special, very driven human being,” Bradley Wiggins said.

“Therein lies the paradox of Lance’s having being stripped. His opponents didn’t necessarily like him, but . . . sure as hell respected him.”