Geraint Thomas – the secret of his success?

What a stage Geraint Thomas had – second over the Col du Tourmalet having fought back after being dropped off the back of the breakaway. Leading for much of the stage, but didn’t have quite enough to hold on till the end.  He was awarded the “most combative” award for the day and even managed to make it home (albeit 10 mins behind the leaders). A terrific stage for Geraint.

Really – it’s no wonder that Geraint is having a good tour, he’s got the cows on-side!

According to Velonation

The Sky Procycling rider has signed a deal with the Welsh red meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) to be the new ambassador for Welsh beef and lamb. In announcing the deal, he has emphasised the importance of nutrition in sport. “Fuelling yourself for any exercise, whether it’s the Tour de France or just a friendly game of football with your friends, it’s important that you eat the right foods to get the essential vitamins,” he said

Not only that – but I think the Welsh Cows are following Daisy’s lead and marshalling a herd response to protect their boy from wayward tourists, dogs on leashes and other varieties of cows who may be looking to knobble his chances.

From the BBC:

Runaway cow herd takes over Tredegar street


A quiet street in Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, was invaded by a herd of cows which trampled on gardens and peered into windows, say residents. The 20 cattle escaped from their nearby paddock and decided to feast on front lawns and flowers in Peacehaven.

Residents are used to straying sheep but say the rogue cattle have become a nuisance.
Blaenau Gwent council says it is monitoring the situation. Resident Sonya Gould, 70, said: “We are used to having pints of milk delivered to our doorstep but not the whole cow. “They were everywhere. We are all treading cow muck into our carpets because it’s all over our garden paths.

“We held a fund-raising event to plant flowers around the communal gardens but the cows have eaten them all.”
The cows also caused consternation by leaving cowpats on garden paths and trampling over lawns in the incident at the end of last week. Ann Ingram, who was woken up by the cows mooing, said: “It used to be sheep, and that’s bad enough, but cows are a whole different kettle of fish.

“It’s frightening for many of the older people here to have cows walking down the street, peering in their windows, it’s ridiculous. They’re obviously big animals, and an elderly person can’t just shoo them off – there’s no telling what an animal might do.”

People living in Peacehaven have brought in the council in a bid to get the herd to move back to their paddock. A spokesperson for Blaenau Gwent Council said: “We’ve done our utmost to tackle this problem, and have responded to all call-outs.

“We continue to monitor the situation at least once a week and any roaming animals will be impounded.”

The council added that they may take legal action against the farmer if he is unable to keep his cows under control.


And just to round out the Welsh cow post – here are some Welsh Blacks in Australia courtesy of Cow-respondent, Sarah Robins.

Some Welsh Blacks in a very Aussie setting - thanks and © Sarah Robins


Oh and how could I forget – Farmer Geraint Thomas talks about his Ayreshire herd….

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