Support road.cc

Like this site? Help us to make it better.

news

Geraint Thomas abandons Giro d'Italia due to effects of Sunday's crash

Team Sky rider has been having problems with his knee, and will now head for Tour de France

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas has abandoned the Giro d’Italia due to the injuries he sustained in a crash during Sunday’s Stage 9 after a rider ahead of him crashed into aa police motorbike.

The incident saw the Welsh rider lose more than five minutes to his overall rivals and while he got some of that back on Tuesday's individual time trial, where he finished second, he lost more time on the subsequent two road stages.

> Video: "It shouldn't happen" - Geraint Thomas on crash that has wrecked his Giro d'Italia hopes

“I’ve been suffering since my crash on Sunday," he said. "I’ve had an issue with my shoulder which is manageable, but my knee has also been getting worse each day. 

“Obviously 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.

“I’ll turn my attention to the Tour de France now, and I want to arrive there with the same good form I started the Giro with. 

“I want to thank all the staff and riders here," Thomas added.

"It’s been great fun and I wish them all the best for the remainder of the Giro. I’ve really enjoyed racing in Italy again. The fans have been amazing and I’ll be back.” 

Team principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “It’s desperately sad for Geraint. He has worked hard to arrive here in such great condition and we were looking forward to seeing him compete.

“As always, he has shown true fighting spirit and demonstrated what a competitor he is, but the impacts of a crash like that take their toll. We have to make sure that his injuries are managed optimally, ensure he is able to maintain his fitness and condition, and then look to set new targets.

“As far as the team goes, the GC has gone but there is still plenty to fight for and the opportunity is there for our riders to achieve a stage win in the 100th Giro,” he added.

Thomas's battling spirit in riding on for three stages despite his injuries drew praise from the race organisers in a message posted on Twitter this afternoon.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

Latest Comments

  • IanMSpencer 2 sec ago

    TBF, this was a staff shortage issue. I do wonder why they chose to keep the drive through open rather than counter service but presumably it...

  • hawkinspeter 5 min 58 sec ago

    It's a shame that velorim need a contribution for recycling them - in my opinion, recycling costs should be built into products (especially...

  • fenix 10 min 41 sec ago

    Jesus. How awful. Absolutely tragic both incidents. And bugger all punishment.

  • Condor Andy 1 hour 13 min ago

    The Tour is open! Complete with the provisional start list released by the race Twitter account, but with only 8 rosters fully confirmed, so expect...

  • RobinC 1 hour 20 min ago

    The previous iteration of this camera had a simpler, better mounting like the first generation fly6 - a slot in the rear of the camera which a...

  • Rendel Harris 2 hours 26 min ago

    Indeed! It also makes one wonder, as s/he speaks with such knowledge of what the site used to be like, how long they have been hanging around under...

  • nick h. 6 hours 25 min ago

    The clothing companies should put a velcro square on the back. Then the numbers could be attached without any wind getting in the gap.

  • fenix 10 hours 27 min ago

    I'm sure there's going to be blokes creating lookalike fairings in garden sheds across the country now. Probably a bit more affordable.

  • AlsoSomniloquism 13 hours 45 min ago

    WMP did the first Op Close Pass and started the pilot to allow cam footage to be used in evidence in 2015/16. You have Andy Cox in Lincoln and Kev...

  • Jimnm 14 hours 1 min ago

    Yes your right, I found that the spikes loose and tightened, I've been riding bikes for many years and never ever had a problem with wheels untiL...