Thomas has 'nothing to prove' ahead of Tour defence
Tour de France defending champion Geraint Thomas has said that he has nothing to prove after achieving everything he wanted to in cycling.
Thomas, 32, won the Tour last year to go, adding to his three world titles and two Olympic golds.
"I'd love to win it again, but I'm not going to be thinking 'I need to win', he said.
"I'm not far off what shape I was in last year. I know what I've got to do. I've had a bit of a lack of racing but I'm improving all the time.
"Romandie wasn't the best time for me last year but that's what gave me the kick up the backside to knuckle down from there on and really push towards the Tour.
"I'm trying to get there in the best shape I can, purely because I won it last year, otherwise I might have looked to the Giro.”
Thomas insisted that despite the pressure being off he was still as competitive as ever, and once again tried to play down any potential rivalry with team-mate Chris Froome.
"I feel like there's less pressure because I've done everything I ever wanted to do,
"It doesn't mean I'm less motivated, I just don't feel I've got anything to prove."
"I'm still determined as ever to win it again but if I don't then hopefully Froomey or Egan does. That whole thing will be played out on the road, as it was last year.
"I feel like, in every interview I do, people are talking about me and Froomey and who's going to win, but there's a lot of other good riders out there who are performing well at the moment."