Tour de France champion, Geraint Thomas says he expects to be Team Sky’s joint leader with Chris Froome in 2019.
That was while speaking after the 2019 route had an official announcement that is if he participates in the race.
The duo of team Sky colleagues in Froome and Thomas both attended the 2019 route presentation which held in Paris.
Froome is Sky’s regular team leader but Welshman, Thomas was a protected rider this year while winning his maiden Tour.
The 2019 Tour is set to kick off in Brussels on 6 July of the year 2019.
And the event will get to feature a record of 30 mountain passes and five summit finishes.
“It will be quite similar to this year in the way we rode together,” Thomas who is currently 32-years-old said.
“We were always very much honest with each other and I do not see why we cannot do that again.” The Welshman suggested.
Thomas said he was not yet certain, though, if he will defend his title.
That is the case with his race program yet to have determinant but added he would “love to go back”.
“And there is no point going back anything less than 100%, I am already looking forward to it,” he said.
“You need a strong team for this route” – Froome
The 2019 route is one covering as much as 3,460km over 21 stages, visiting the Pyrenees in the second week.
And then the Alps in the final week before the ceremonial run into the city of Paris on 28 July.
There are only 54km of time trialling, a 27km team time trial and an individual test over the same distance.
Meanwhile, three of the five mountain-top finishes are well more than a total number of 2,000m.
Tour organisers, ASO hope the route encourages exciting racing.
And that is with race director, Christian Prudhomme also calling on cycling’s governing body, the UCI.
He wants them to place bans on power meters which allow riders to pace their efforts in closing down attacks.
However, Thomas said he doubted “it would make any difference” if power meters suffered bans.
He said the route should play to the strengths of Team Sky who have won six of the past seven Tours.
“It will suit the usual sort of Tour rider,” he said.
“Obviously, you have got to be able to climb but you will need a strong team around you.”
Froome who came third in 2018 after winning the Giro d’Italia in May vies for a record-equalling fifth Tour title.
“It is a tough route like all Tours,” he said.
“But what really stands out from previous editions are the multiple finishes over 2,000m,” the 33-year-old summed up.