Already named BBC Sports Personality of the Year, the Cardiff-born cyclist has now had a beer named in his honour – brewed by his hometown brewery, Brains.
The beer, ‘G’ (4.0% ABV) – brewed to celebrate his achievements – is said to be a “light refreshing ale with crisp citrus flavours”, designed to quench the thirst of the keenest cyclist or an armchair cycling fan.
Thomas, who was “closely involved” in the development of the beer, said he “couldn’t believe it” when Brains approached him to tell him the news.
“I’m Cardiff born and bred – Brains is part of both Cardiff’s and Wales’s identity, so I was incredibly proud when they asked me to get involved,” an elated Thomas said.
“Its been a real eye-opener and a lot of fun getting involved with the development of the beer and, of course, the tasting – it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it."
Brains Brewery added it will be getting behind him in his Tour de France campaign – which begins on Saturday (6 June) – and as well as screening the race in a number of pubs, it will also be offering customers the chance to win a yellow jersey signed by world-renowned cyclist himself.
Thomas concluded: “I’m delighted with the result and am already looking forward to sinking a pint or two at my local Brains pub once the Tour is over.”