Geraint Thomas MBE
Sport award 2015 winner
2014 was a great year for Cardiff cyclist Geraint Thomas after winning a gold medal in the road race at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, being given the honour of carrying the Welsh flag at the closing ceremony and also winning the BBC Wales Sports Personality title.
28-year old Geraint is also a double Olympic Gold Medallist, winning medals as part of the GB Cycling Team Pursuit team at the games in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, where the team set a new world record in the process of winning the Gold. A key figure in the success enjoyed by British cycling over recent years as well as an important member of Team Sky, he overcame a serious accident early in his career that led to his spleen being removed. Geraint has achieved success in both track and road cycling, having completed the Tour de France 4 times and the Giro d’Italia twice as well as winning the track Team Pursuit World Championship on 3 occasions. He won a Bronze medal for Wales in the points race at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne before taking part in his first Tour de France in 2007 as the youngest competing rider, becoming the first Welshman to compete in cycling’s blue ribbon event for 40 years. He was awarded an MBE in 2009.