Geraint Thomas

Now I knew that Gareth Bale and Sam Warburton went to school together, but I didn’t know this:

In pride of place on a corridor wall at Whitchurch High School in Cardiff can be found the most extraordinary collection of sporting memorabilia. There are medals, trophies and awards won by former pupils in everything from football, rugby, cricket and hockey to lawn bowls. There is a framed shirt worn by the captain of the British and Irish Lions, another by a serial winner of the Champions League, another by a Commonwealth Games gold medallist.

But even among such a jostling display of excellence, prominent space will be found should Geraint Thomas, another old boy, this weekend be awarded the most illustrious of all sporting outfits: the winner’s top from the Tour de France.

Not in the same year, though:

Thirteen pupils in one year group alone achieved international sporting recognition.

“It was crazy when you think about it,” says Kear of Whitchurch’s output. “I was in the same year as Sam Warburton and Gareth Bale. And Sam and I played in the same rugby team as Tom Maynard [the England Lions cricketer who died in tragic circumstances in 2012]. That was the team that won the Welsh Schools Cup.”

Thomas was in the year ahead of that group, already earmarked while at school as a cycling prodigy.

With luck, Geraint Thomas will finish today’s stage having retained the yellow jersey, with tomorrow’s procession into Paris a mere formality. I think I might have to wander up to the Arc de Triomphe and wave my Welsh flag as he goes by, don’t you?

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15 thoughts on “Geraint Thomas

  1. Do you know anything about Whitchurch High School? Is it a “bog standard” comp, or an independent? If you look at the English cricket team, just about everyone came out of an Independent school, even someone as thick as Alastair Cook. They are becoming, thanks to bursaries, the nurseries of sporting talent. Which is maybe not why they were set up in the first place

  2. Time to break out ‘Men of Harlech’ I reckon…. bicycles… fausands of them….

  3. “The winner’s top”.

    It’s a jersey. God, the Telegraph has gone downhill recently.

  4. Watching him at the post-race press conference you’d have to have a heart of stone to not feel emotional.

    Quite so.

  5. Time to break out ‘Men of Harlech’ I reckon

    There were several renditions of Delilah!

  6. If you look at the English cricket team, just about everyone came out of an Independent school, even someone as thick as Alastair Cook. They are becoming, thanks to bursaries, the nurseries of sporting talent.

    I think even if Whitchurch High was a specialist sports school which spends millions on sporting talent, to have success like this is pretty staggering. How many TdF winners or Lions captains has Millfield produced?

  7. Two Welshmen in the all conquering Sky team ! When Bradley Wiggins won the Tour I didn’t think it could get any better, then Froome carried on winning, now a lad from Cardiff wins the Worlds greatest sporting event !

  8. Looking good Tim!

    *Rushes to bathroom, flexes muscles in mirror while holding in gut*

    Thanks!

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