News: Thomas Out of Giro d’Italia

Geraint Thomas’ Giro d’Italia has come to an end after injuries sustained in a crash during Sunday’s Stage 9 forced him to withdraw from the race.

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News: Thomas Out of Giro d’Italia

Geraint Thomas’ Giro d’Italia has come to an end after injuries sustained in a crash during Sunday’s Stage 9 forced him to withdraw from the race.

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The physical impact of the crash was obvious at the top of Blockhaus, where Thomas had fought back bravely to limit his losses, and in the immediate aftermath he described the damage he had sustained to his shoulder.

Thomas bounced back to record a brilliant second place in Tuesday’s Individual Time Trial. However, with the impacts of the crash taking their toll over the past 2 days of tough racing, the decision has been made that he will withdraw from the Giro.

Geraint Thomas: “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.”  … continued after advert

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“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. 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.”

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