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Geraint Thomas abandons Giro d'Italia after crash

Joe Robinson
6 Oct 2020

Welshman out of Maglia Rosa fight after crash in Stage 3 neutral zone and abandons race

Geraint Thomas has abandoned the Giro d'Italia before Stage 4 after crashing in the neutralised zone on Stage 3.

The Welshman eventually finished 12 minutes adrift of stage winner Jonathan Caicedo (Education-First) after a fall before the start of the stage.

Footage caught from a roadside spectator witnessed the Ineos Grenadier rider crash in the stage's neutral start after his wheel hit a bidon that had fallen from a Bahrain-Mclaren rider's bottle cage. Unable to avoid the bottle, Thomas's front wheel seemed to lock up, sending him down hard onto his left side.

The peloton allowed the Welshman to remount his bike and join the group before starting the stage but with 25km left to race, it was clear he was struggling, being dropped before the climb of Mount Etna had even begun.

While he managed to battle to the end of the stage, he eventually finished over 10 minutes down on his General Classification rivals and was taken immediately to hospital to have his injuries assessed.

Ineos Grenadiers team doctor Phil Riley has since confirmed on Monday evening that Thomas escaped any broken bones yet did sustain a bang to his left hip.

'Geraint crashed on his left side, so he took a significant blow to the back of his left hip and he has some abrasions on his left arm and leg. After the stage he was taken for x-rays at the finish,' said Dr Riley.

'The initial x-rays didn’t show anything broken, but we are awaiting confirmation in the morning. We will treat him tonight, continue to monitor him and then review it in the morning again.'

After further scans on Tuesday morning, it was decided that Thomas would withdraw from the race.

Thomas's misfortune was mirrored by fellow British GC contender Simon Yates. The Mitchelton-Scott man had a bad day on the Etna climb, shipping 4 minutes 22 seconds to Caicedo and 3 minutes 30 seconds to the GC favourites.

The only other chance for British GC hopes at this Giro was Deceuninck-QuickStep's James Knox and Ineos Grenadier's Tao Geoghegan Hart. Both battled to remain in contention on the final climb however finished a minute and 90 seconds on the GC favourites respectively.