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Geraint Thomas forced to abandon 2017 Giro d'Italia, cites moto incident as cause

Jack Elton-Walters
19 May 2017

Geraint Thomas did not take the start of Stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia

Geraint Thomas has been forced to leave the Giro d'Italia before the start of Stage 13, with his team citing the injuries he sustained on Stage 9 as the cause. The crash in which Thomas and several other Team Sky riders went down was caused by an ill-placed police motorcycle.

The Welshman, in his first leadership role at a Grand Tour, finished that stage over five minutes down on winner and - at the time - overall leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

Ambitions of a podium finish looked to be over, but a strong showing to take second behind a peerless Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) on Stage 10's individual time trial had re-awoken hopes of how well Thomas could still do over the remainder of the race.

Geraint Thomas at the end of Stage 9. Photo: Photo: Presse Sport/Offside

In a statement on the team's website, Thomas said: 'I’ve been suffering since my crash on Sunday.

'I’ve had an issue with my shoulder which is manageable, but my knee has also been getting worse each day.

'It’s never nice to leave a race early, especially when it’s your main goal of the season, but I have to look at the bigger picture.

'I'd love to continue, but it would be a case of trying to survive each day rather than racing.'

Thomas will now accompany Chris Froome to the Tour de France, where the latter is defending champion.

'I’ll turn my attention to the Tour now, and I want to arrive there with as good form as I started the Giro,' Thomas added.

The Giro's loss is most definitely Froome's gain.