Geraint Thomas has signed a two year extension to his contract with Team Sky to take him through to 2018. The double Olympic track champion has been a part of Team Sky since it was created in 2010 and has had a vital role in the team’s regular successes.

This season the rider switched his focus to stage races and won the Volta ao Algarve and then the Paris-Nice title in March. It is expected that he will be involved in the team’s efforts to win a fourth Tour de France in July.

Commenting Thomas said that it was “an easy decision” to sign the extension saying that the team “feels like home”. He went on to say that he has only just begun in terms of trying to win stage races and he is learning all the time.

He said that he is now focused on getting to the Tour de France in the best possible shape so that he can support Chris Froome and then after the Tour he will start looking to next year to set “bigger and better goals.”

Sir Dave Brailsford, the Team Principal, said that he is “delighted” that Thomas decided to renew his contract with the team. He said that he “epitomises what the team is all about, both on and off the bike”.

Brailsford described Thomas as one of the most versatile bike racers in the world which is backed up by his wins on track, in the Classics and in stage races. He said that while Thomas has been going from strength to strength he thinks that the best is yet to come from and that the team will “enjoy supporting him to see just how far he can go.”