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Will Geraint Thomas leave Team Sky?

Welsh rider considering 4 or 5 options; Edvald Boasson Hagen also thinking about future

Geraint Thomas says he is considering a move away from Team Sky for the 2015 season, although he hasn’t ruled out staying at the British WorldTour outfit.

Thomas, 27, told BBC Sport Wales that he expects to make a decision on his future within the next week, and that he is 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,” explained Thomas.

Thomas said in March that he saw his future in stage racing rather than the Classics, and spent two days in the leader’s jersey at Paris-Nice before abandoning following a crash on the penultimate stage, when he was lying second overall.

At the end of that month, he finished third at the E3 Haralbeke and last month secured top ten finishes at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix.

“I’m obviously speaking to Sky at the moment and I think it should be sorted this week with where I go,” said Thomas, who joined the team from Barloworld for its debut season in 2010.

“Obviously Sky is a great team but I think it’s good to have a look at other teams and what they have to offer.

“It gives your confidence a boost when there’s three or four teams that have offered you a good contract, so interesting times,” he said.

Should Thomas decide to head elsewhere, the earliest any move can be announced under UCI rules is 1 August.

At that point, Thomas will be in Glasgow at the Commonwealth Games where he is competing for Wales in the time trial on 31 July and the road race on 3 August.

Another member of Sky’s Classics squad has been linked with a move away from the team, with reports that Edvald Boasson Hagen may join BMC Racing.

However, according to the website of Norway’s TV2, Boasson Hagen, who is in Sky’s squad for the Giro d’Italia, says that reports he has already agreed a contract with BMC are wide of the mark and there is a 50-50 chance he will stay with his existing team.

Missing from the start of the Giro in Belfast on Friday will be Sky’s Peter Kennaugh, who was forced to withdraw as he continues his recovery from a virus. Kennaugh will be replaced by CJ Sutton.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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