Geraint Thomas May Withdraw from Tour de France
Olympic gold medalist Geraint Thomas may be forced to drop out of the Tour de France due to injuries he sustained in the huge crash towards the end of stage one.
Thomas, who rides on Team Sky, was set to be a key domestique for yellow jersey favourite Chris Froome. However, he went over his handlebars in the crash last Saturday along with a number of other riders.
At first it was thought that Thomas would not be able to start stage two, however, he managed to battle through and finish 196th, over 17 minutes behind the stage winner Jan Bakelants.
The chief of Team Sky, Sir Dave Brailsford, said that the situation is being closely watched, “Our medical staff is doing everything possible. It’s a very fine line – you can agitate and make it worse or it might be possible to make it better depending on the injury. Sometimes you have to protect them from themselves. These guys won’t quit unless there’s something actually worse.”
After finished the second stage Thomas said, ““It was like a win itself to get to the finish.“I had so much pain around my hip; I couldn’t get out of the saddle and couldn’t follow the accelerations today.”