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Geraint Thomas ends season after Giro d'Italia crash

Joe Robinson
8 Oct 2020

Team manager Brailsford admits team needs to go back to drawing board for next season

Geraint Thomas has ended his 2020 season after his crash at the Giro d'Italia.

The Welshman was forced to abandon the Italian Grand Tour on Tuesday morning after sustaining a fractured pelvis in a crash on Stage 3.

Thomas hit the floor in the neutral zone after colliding with a bidon that had fallen from a competitor's bike. While he managed to finish the stage, albeit 12 minutes down, he was withdrawn from the race before Stage 4 due to his injuries.

It was then thought that Thomas may have been able to recover to start the Vuelta a Espana which begins on Tuesday 20th October in the Basque town of Irun.

However, the 34-year-old has since confirmed on social media he will have to end his season in order to recover from the fractured pelvis sustained at the Giro.

Posting a picture of a cookie to Instagram, Thomas wrote: 'Minimum 3 weeks off the bike, means it’s now the off season.'

For Thomas, it will be a matter of putting a difficult season behind him and regaining fitness for the start of the 2021 season in just four months' time.

After being left out of the Tour de France team, Thomas redesigned his season around the Giro. While he impressed at Tirreno-Adriatico and the elite men's time-trial World Championships, where he finished second and fourth respectively, Thomas finishes the season without a victory.

Thomas's difficulties are part of a wider issue for Ineos Grenadiers who have failed to impress in 2020. While they have amassed three Grand Tour stages and counting, a disappointing Tour de France and a Giro without General Classification success have made the team return to the drawing board.

Team manager Dave Brailsford admitted that the team failed to recognise rival teams, such as Jumbo-Visma, overtaking them in terms of ability and that the team need to look at things differently for future success. 

'We continued to work with our heads down and did not notice that other teams were overtaking us,' Brailsford told Het Nieuwsblad.

'We cannot afford to keep working the way we did. We have come to the point where we have to admit that other teams have passed us and that it is time for a different approach.'