Thomas gradually shed weight in order to follow the best in the mountains and his progression has been steady.
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Thomas always had "the engine," as his 2008 and 2012 Olympic team pursuit gold medals proved, but he looked more poised to win one-day races than a grand tour."It's just proper, proper happiness," Brailsford added.While before him Lance Armstrong, Alberto Contador, or even Chris Froome were not hugely popular in the peloton, Thomas is one of the nice guys of the bunch.The youngest member of the British pursuit team in 2006, Thomas put his road cycling career on hold to focus on the Beijing Olympics, where he won the first of his two team pursuit gold medals.To win the Tour, with two prestigious mountain stage wins along the way, Thomas had to shake off his unlucky tag.
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