Tour de France - Geraint Thomas: To come back like I did shows the legs are good
Jul 14 2019 01:47 am CET

Tour de France - Geraint Thomas: To come back like I did shows the legs are good
Tour de France - Geraint Thomas: To come back like I did shows the legs are good
Photo of Geraint Thomas by Team Ineos

Geraint Thomas (Ineos) suffered a crash in the last stretch of the eighth stage of the Tour de France. The rider came back to his bike and was helped by his teammates to return to the peloton.

The crash happened at a very bad moment, as the peloton was starting the last climb of the race at a high pace trying to reel back in Julian Alaphilippe and Thibaut Pinot. Thomas got back to his bike and was taken by his teammates back to the peloton, showing great teamwork by the British formation.

"I’m fine, but it’s just frustrating as the crash happened at a key point in the race," said Thomas after the finish line. "(Michael) Woods crashed and took out Gianni (Moscon) and me and I just got tangled up in Gianni’s bike, it took a bit of time to get going, but the boys did a great job to get me back to the group.

"I caught up for the final ascent, was moving up a bit and by the time I got to the top 15-20, that’s when Alaphilippe and Pinot attacked over the top to take the bonus seconds and I was gassed for a bit. I didn’t want to ride on the front and tow everyone, Sunweb had numbers and there were a few other guys trying to ride and you’re sat there thinking ‘oh come on’.

"It’s annoying and frustrating, but at the same time, to come back like I did shows the legs are good. You don’t want to give any unnecessary time away and if I hadn’t have crashed I could have followed them and it would have been a totally different story - but that’s the way it goes. There’s still a lot of racing to come."




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