Tour News: Geraint Thomas Pushes on through pain barrier


Despite a small fracture in his pelvis, Welshman Geraint Thomas is soldiering on in the Tour de France and through the pain barrier

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With secondary medical checks on Sunday evening revealing a small fracture in his pelvis following his stage one crash, Thomas clung on to the tail-end of the peloton for much of the day as the race completed its memorable stint in Corsica.

Talking on TV (to Matt Rendell of ITV4) after the final stage in Corsica, Geraint explained when asked how he is “I’ve been better!” Learning of the fracture with an MRI scan, Geraint told the media “it explains a lot because yesterday was one of the worst days I’ve had on a bike”.


Thomas in happier days at the Tour Down Under

“I have done so much to lose weight and get fit for this I’m not just going to give up straight away. The experts say it’s not going to get any worse so I’m going to give it a few days and see if the pain sort of comes down.”

“I’m definitely going to give it a good go even though my mum doesn’t want me to! This is the Tour, not your average race so I’ll keep fighting. It felt a lot better today than yesterday and a lot better at the end than it did at the start.”

Talking ahead of the team time trial today, one of his big aims, the Olympic champion from the last two Olympics, said “it’s really frustrating as I was really looking forward to it as we have a strong team for that but for me, I am going to have to do a decent time in the Team Time trial just to get under the time limit.”
“It could end up being an individual time trial for me! Its more about survival now, and reminds me of 2007 for different reasons I’m struggling at the back again.”



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