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Welshman resolves uncertainty by choosing to stay put

Geraint Thomas has renewed with Team Sky in a deal that keeps him with the squad until the end of 2016.

The 28-year-old Welshman has been with Team Sky from the start in 2010 and is one of eight British riders currently on the team roster.

There had previously been some doubt about Thomas' plans for 2015. In May, Thomas told BBC Sport Wales that he was thinking about four or five options, including an extension of his contract with Team Sky.

“There’s been a lot of interest - a lot of teams are keen,” he said.

On renewing his contract, Thomas said: “I'm really happy to be staying with Team Sky for another two years. I've been here since the start and I firmly believe it is the best place for me to fulfil my potential as a bike rider.

“I feel very supported here and I'm excited about what the future holds. I'll look forward to challenging myself both on and off the bike and striving to become the very best at what I do.”

Team principal Dave Brailsford said: “We’re delighted that Geraint has re-signed for another two years. He’s been with Team Sky from the start and has been essential to the success that we’ve had.

“Team Sky has always been built around a strong British core, developing and nurturing home-grown talent to be the best they can be – and Geraint has been at the heart of that.

“On and off the bike Geraint is an influential member of Team Sky. Not only is he a strong character but he’s one of a handful of world class riders that can do it all, whether that’s on the climbs, flat, cobbles or time trials, which proves what a valuable member of the team he is.

“Over the last three weeks of the Tour de France Geraint has again underlined his qualities and has shown that he’s an exceptional rider with an exciting future. He’s a great guy, a good leader and we’re delighted that he’ll be a key part of the team going forward.”

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.