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"It's so frustrating," says Geraint Thomas after abandoing Giro d'Italia (+ video)

Ineos Grenadiers rider didn't start today's Stage 4 after freak crash yesterday...

Geraint Thomas has described his frustration after being forced out of the Giro d'Italia due to fracturing his pelvis in a freak crash at the start of Stage 3 of the race in Enna yesterday. Thomas, the pre-race favourite, remounted and made it the 150km to the finish but lost 12 minutes to his rivals and did not start today's stage.

Confirming Geraint Thomas's withdrawal this morning, Ineos Grenadiers Doctor Phil Riley said: “Geraint had an MRI and a CT scan this morning which revealed a small undisplaced fracture in the lower part of the pelvis which wasn’t picked up on the X-rays yesterday. As a precaution he will be withdrawn from the race as it's an injury that could easily be aggravated.”

Thomas said: “It’s so frustrating. I’d put so much work in to this race. I did everything I could and feel like I was in just as good, if not better shape, than when I won the Tour. I was feeling really good. So for it just to end like this is gutting.

“I was really up for starting today. I woke up and wanted to start with the boys and at least help them go for stages over the next few days, but deep down I knew something wasn’t right, so we went to get these extra scans. It does make the decision easier when there’s a fracture in some ways, because obviously I don’t want to do anymore damage.”

Depending on how quickly Thomas - who rode almost the entire 2013 Tour de France in support of Chris Froome despite breaking his pelvis on the opening stage in Corsica - recovers, he could feature in the Ineos Grenadiers line-up for the Vuelta.

There is a few days' overlap between the Giro and the Spanish Grand Tour, and while riders are not usually permitted to ride in a race taking place at the same time as one they began, exceptions have been made in the past where a rider has left a Grand Tour early due to a crash,

Here's our original sgtory from yesterday evening:

Ineos Grenadiers have said that they initial x-rays suggest that Geraint Thomas did not sustain any fractures in his crash at the Giro d’Italia today, but will monitor his condition overnight and review the situation before the start of tomorrow’s Stage 4.

The 34 year old crashed in Enna during the neutralised start of the stage when a water bottle that had been dislodged from another rider’s bike got stuck in his front wheel.

The incident, which happened on a downhill stretch through the town meaning the peloton was perhaps travelling faster than usual during the neutralised section, was filmed by spectators at the roadside.

Footage from one angle showed several water bottles bouncing along the road, presumably knocked out of their cages by the cobbles or sunken manhole covers immediately before the location where the crash happened.

Thomas, who lost contact with the main group with 10km still to go to the final climb of Mount Etna, finished the stage more than 12 minutes after Jonathan Caicedo of EF Pro Cycling had taken the victory.

He lost over 11 minutes to several rivals for the overall, effectively ending his hopes of adding a second Grand Tour victory to his 2018 Tour de France title.

> Geraint Thomas's Giro d'Italia hopes go up in smoke on Mount Etna

In an update on his condition this evening, team doctor Phil Riley said: "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.

“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.”

Ineos Grenadiers sports director Matteo Tosatto said: “Around one or two kilometres into the neutralised start G got a bidon caught under his front wheel and crashed.

“Initially he had some pain but as the stage continued he felt better. However towards the end in the final 45 kilometres the pace increased and the climbs got steeper – he had some pain and had to finish the stage at his own pace.”

He added: “It’s still a long Giro. We have Filippo [Ganna] and Rohan Dennis with some good chances in the time trials and we also have Castro [Jonathan Castroviejo] and Tao [Geoghegan Hart] riding well.

“We’ll take stock tonight and look at our approach for the rest of the race.”

Simon joined 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.

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Natrix | 3 years ago
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Can anybody remember the old water bottles that had a push on lid? Apparently the pro peloton preferred those because if you rode over one the lid would pop off and the bottle deformed. With the more modern screw on lids the bottle doesn't deform and the rider is more likely to crash.  I don't know if anybody still makes the old pop on lids but the bottles that were scattered on the road were screw on lids.

Awavey replied to Natrix | 3 years ago

it was a Bahrain McLaren one he caught wasnt it ?so an Elite bottle, Elite have made really squidgy bottles the past couple of seasons, and I mean they deform frighteningly easily when you squeeze them, you can literally almost flatten them, and the screw top it self is barely worth speaking about in thread depth, which I think its all to do with saving gramms of weight, and you notice older bottles are much more solidly constructed..

and some might argue thats part of the problem if the bottle cages arent gripping the bottles as hard anymore, because the bottles can flex too much and reacting to a frequency of bumps,can just pop free out of the cage.

a half of kilo of fluid will always be surprisingly solid if you hit it at the wrong angle but I suspect its hitting a bottle which can instantly deform, its a bit like having a puncture you go from constant feel feedback through the handlebars to  suddenly theres the extra layer of stuff thats rolling/deforming around and youve got no chance of holding that up straight if you werent expecting.

Rich_cb | 3 years ago

Gutted for Thomas.

Don't think he'll ever get a better chance to win another grand tour.

Both Giros he's had a shot at ended by freak accidents.

AlsoSomniloquism replied to Rich_cb | 3 years ago

I think he has crashed out of more Tours then he has finished hasn't he?

jollygoodvelo replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 3 years ago
AlsoSomniloquism wrote:

I think he has crashed out of more Tours then he has finished hasn't he?

Wrong.  Massively.

Started 15.  3 DNFs.

Simon E replied to jollygoodvelo | 3 years ago
jollygoodvelo wrote:

Started 15.  3 DNFs.

Boo! We don't need people like you coming here with your boring FACTS. We want more fake news, more bullshit and more pointless arguing.  3

Joking aside, without many very strong teams (Astana are already 2 men down), this Giro could shape up to be a race between individuals. Although I'm disappointed that Thomas is out, I am rather looking forward what could be a really open, unpredictable race.

Sniffer replied to jollygoodvelo | 3 years ago

I think we remember some of his other crashes.  He did finish a the Tour in 2013 with a broken pelvis.

He is a tough cookie.

Gkam84 | 3 years ago
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BBC reporting this morning that he's out, I love this line especially, which shows they really need a writer who actually knows something about cycling.

"Ineos even sacrificed the leader's pink jersey, taking race leader Filippo Ganna back to try to help Thomas recover."

Yeah, because Ganna was making it up the climb to keep pink, clowns.

AlsoSomniloquism replied to Gkam84 | 3 years ago
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That is going to upser Chris TR. If Ineos hadn't have sacrificed Ganna he would have had Pink going into Milan. 

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