In his latest BBC Sport column, Olympic track champ Geraint Thomas dissects a unsatisfactory road race for Britain at the World Championships, his injury-hit time of year and Sir Bradley Wiggins’ faltering confidence.

After last weekend’s World Championships, I have got one more big event to look forward to upon Saturday – I am back in the UNITED KINGDOM for Mark Cavendish’s wedding in order to Peta Todd.

And I think I can properly say that things will turn out happier when Cav ties the knot in London than they did for all of us in
the road race within Florence last Sunday.

That was a very disappointing day regarding myself, Cav and the rest of the The uk team – and it was not really the way I wanted to end my time of year.

I am pretty glad my 2013 campaign is over to be honest. It was not my best year results-wise,
or my luckiest.

I felt in great shape fitness-wise plus my preparations were good but I had a few crashes in the big races that I was targeting, which put a bit of a downer on it.


Florence fall-out

What went wrong at the Planet Champs? Pretty much everything.

I was the team’s road captain, which meant it had been my job to make the call on techniques during the race – unlike within Grand Tours like the Tour sobre France, riders did not have radios to speak to the team cars plus follow orders from the coaches.


But I did not really have to make any big tactical decisions due to the fact after 150km, I was the only Uk rider, of the eight who started the particular race, left racing.

Early on I put to tell Cav to slow down every single now and again because he was getting super-excited and wanted to chase the riders who had gone off in a crack.

And I did speak to Sir Bradley Wiggins after the descent down San Baronto (after 58km of the 272km race) because he went from the front side to pretty much the back of the number.

Mentally he has got a bit of a problem about riding in the rain right after
crashing in this year’s Giro d’Italia.

So I told him that, if he desired to, he could do his work early on. Riding on the front of a competition is easier than trying to fight in the wheels of a big bunch of riders when you have to deal with wet roads and restricted corners.

He was about to do that, but then we hit some corners plus nobody saw him again. We are still not sure what happened to him, because I did not see him afterwards.

As I explained in
my BBC column before the competition, we were there to try to provide Chris Froome to the world title to go with
his Trip de France victory.

He was
not one of the favourites but Britain being so successful in recent years meant anticipation were still high.

Finishing had not been a goal for me, because I was simply there to do a job for Froomey, but for none of us to make it to the end was a massive disappointment.


Team techniques washed away

The torrential rain meant
conditions were terrible but that is not an excuse, as well as the weather was actually something we thought might help us going into the particular race.

We thought Froomey was in better shape than it turned out he or she was and, when we had all of us meeting the night before and talked tactics, he wanted a hard competition.

And that was the plan we pretty much stuck to – which is why we had Cav and Luke Rowe setting the pace at the front at the start. Chris wanted to ride from the front side and not be too stressed by being in the middle of the main bunch, especially if it had been raining.

We did that up until the race started the ten laps of Florence at the 106km mark but the rain was therefore heavy it made things actually harder than we had anticipated.

Josh Edmondson crashed and Steve Cummings punctured as we got on to the routine, which was pretty much the worst time it could happen because there were a couple of super-fast laps that caused the particular race to break up.

There have been more crashes and one by one particular we dropped out. In fact ,
only 61 riders of the 208 who started the race crossed the finish line, although many, like me, fall out because that is part of their particular strategy.

Individually, none of us had a good day, and our head coach Rod Ellingworth was certainly pretty frustrated with how points turned out.

I have not read precisely
what he told the particular media afterwards but , whenever he spoke to us, we did not get a rollicking or anything at all like that. That is not his style – I have known Rod since the junior days and he is more very likely to give you the silent treatment if he is not happy.


We actually had a good chat amongst ourselves as to what went wrong when it was simply us riders on the bus returning to the hotel, and then Rod had the race with us afterwards.

It was good to get things out in the open and it was productive to spot the issues we had – it will certainly help in the future, and hopefully be sure that does not happen again.

But , whether or not I am racing for Britain or even Team Sky, the coaches certainly do not just dish out criticism.

They are more concerned about not putting any kind of pressure on you. If you have a bad time they will not stand you at the front from the bus and throw stones in you or anything like that.


End from the road for 2013

There were 2 sides to my season. My major goals were the spring Classics, and
I crashed within them.

Then the same thing occurred on the first day of the Trip de France, when I broke the pelvis.

After missing the Trip in 2012 to
focus on the particular track at the London Olympics, I felt strong and I was looking to step things up in the mountains but , overnight, it just grew to become about surviving the race.

That was the worst moment associated with my year, but
the best moment came in the same competition.

To be part of the group that helped Froome win the particular Tour was an unbelievable feeling plus us riding down the Champs Elysees together at the finish is something I will never forget.

Now I have got a little while off before I start the preparations for 2014, and what provides happened to me in the last few months has made me hungrier for next year currently.

Right now though, I am not thinking about my bike and I have got a different kind of appetite. It is nice in order to go out for a meal and consume whatever I want for once – and also have a few beers and some pudding.