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Sir Dave Brailsford hails Geraint Thomas ability

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford believes that Geraint Thomas can become a leader for the team over the coming years.

Team Sky principal Sir Dave Brailsford has described Geraint Thomas as "one of the world's most versatile riders" ahead of the start of this year's Tour de France.

Thomas is expected to play a key role in Chris Froome's bid to win a second crown, and Brailsford believes that he can become even more influential in future editions of the race.

Brailsford is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "Geraint is going from strength to strength. His opportunity to ride Grand Tours, try and lead the team at stage races is becoming clear - that's the way it's going to go.

"He's one of the world's most versatile riders. The challenge for Geraint is that he can get dragged in to helping out in all scenarios.

"The key for us as a team this year is to make sure we use his specific skills that we want to use in a certain area and give him the protection he deserves and give him the opportunity."

The 102nd staging of the race begins on Saturday.

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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